Drugget. [From French droguet, trash]. A large square rug or mat, felted or woven, either of one color or printed on one side, and used as a protection for a carpet, covering only the middle portion of the floor. A finer fabric of the same sort is used for table and piano covers. The character of this article has wonderfully changed as compared with that which once bore the title. In 1739 druggets are described as "plain and corded," and enumerated among other stuffs of combing and carding-wool. Silk druggets are mentioned among stuffs of mixed material, as long wool and silk, or mohair and cotton. Chambers, in his Cyclopedia of 1741, gives a description of them which leaves no doubt that some druggets were far from trashy:

Drugget, in commerce, a sort of stuff, very thin and narrow, usually all wool and sometimes half wool and half silk, having sometimes the wale (twill), but more usually without, and woven on a hard worsted chain. Those without the wale are wove on a loom with two treddles, after the same manner as linen, camblet, etc. M. Savary invented a kind of gold and silver drugget, the warp being partly gold and silver thread, and the woof linen.

Twilled drugget was once commonly known in trade as "corded" drugget, but when of linen warp and woolen weft as "threaded" drugget, and were particularly an English manufacture. Its use as an article of clothing, common ever since the fabric has partaken of the character of baize, has now entirely ceased, so that we only know it as proper to the carpet department.