The Carpet

Written By: Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman is a children’s writer, board game geek, and school teacher. He writes and shares children’s stories and family-friendly board/card games on his YouTube channel, Bananas 4 Books & Board Games.

OBJECTIVE OF THE CARPET: The objective of The Carpet is to see how quickly you can unweave the carpet of cards – it’s incredibly satisfying!

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1 (but it’s a good spectator’s game too – they won’t be able to resist joining in!)

NUMBER OF CARDS: Standard 52-card deck

RANK OF CARDS: Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King.

TYPE OF GAME: Solitaire

AUDIENCE: Solo players, friends and family


Remove the four aces from the deck and place them side by side in a row forming as the foundation cards. Below them, deal 20 cards face up in four rows of five (4 x 5). You are then left with the remaining stock of cards.


The idea of this game is to build ascending suit sequences on the Ace foundation cards, all the way to the Kings. 

Starting with the carpet, you may take/unweave the cards, if you can, by placing them on the Ace foundations at the top (e.g. in my example the 2 and 3 of spades can be placed onto the Ace of spades and the 2, 3, 4 and 5 of diamonds can be placed on the Ace of diamonds 

When you can no longer use cards from the carpet, you may cycle through the stock of cards, one by one. You may place/weave these cards into the carpet, or they can be placed immediately onto the foundation decks. However, if a stock card cannot be placed into the carpet or the foundation decks, then it goes to the waste pile (you may take the top card from the waste pile at any time if there is space in the carpet or it can be placed on the foundation decks). You may not stack cards in the carpet.


The game ends when the stock deck has been dealt once or you have moved all cards to the foundation decks.


Crazy Quilt Set-Up

This game is quite easy to win as the only way of losing is trapping cards that you need in the waste pile. Therefore, to make it slightly harder, you can make the carpet smaller (e.g. 3 rows of 4 perhaps).

For a more epic version, try playing the Crazy Quilt variation (also known as the Indian Carpet or Japanese Rug) which involves two decks of 52 cards and setting aside four Kings alongside the four Aces to make eight foundation decks (ascending as usual for the Aces and descending for the Kings) and dealing out 64 cards face-up, alternating between portrait and landscape orientation for a more authentic-looking weave – it’s great fun! 

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