Ax"min*ster (?), n., or Axminster carpet .
(a) [More fully chenille Axminster.]
A variety of Turkey carpet, woven by machine or, when more than 27 inches wide, on a hand loom, and consisting of strips of worsted chenille so colored as to produce a pattern on a stout jute backing. It has a fine soft pile. So called from Axminster, England, where it was formerly (1755 -- 1835) made.
A similar but cheaper machine- made carpet, resembling moquette in construction and appearance, but finer and of better material.
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