Fitted carpet, also known as wall-to-wall carpet or carpeting, is a carpet intended to cover a floor entirely. Fitted carpets were originally woven to the dimensions of the specific area they were covering. They were later made in smaller strips, around the time stair carpet became popular, and woven at the site of the job by the carpet fitter. These carpets were then held in place with individually nailed tacks driven through the carpet around the perimeter and occasionally small rings in the carpet which were folded over. The introduction of ‘smooth-edge’ also known as ‘tack strip‘ or ‘gripper strip’ simplified the installation of wall-to-wall carpeting, increasing the neatness of the finish at the wall.
Not commonly seen in Indian homes and almost completely avoided in public areas of commercial and corporate interiors as they require tremendous maintenance, carpeting is used extensively in the hospitality industry.