A synonym for padding or rug cushion. It usually describes the layer of fabric of sponge rubber
or hair placed underneath a carpet or rug to provide it with longer life, to give it a more luxurious appearance and feeling, to prevent the rug from slipping, and to make the rug softer and more cushiony. Carpet padding is made of cattle hair, rubber
ized hair, rubber
, and combinations of jute
and cattle hair, as well as some man-made fibers
. Sec: rugs and carpets, padding, and rug cushion.