Carpet – learn to play with

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor


Hey there! Let me tell you all about the game of Carpet. It’s played with a regular deck of 52 cards, just like the ones you’re familiar with. To start off, we need to take out the four aces from the deck. Once we’ve done that, we shuffle the remaining cards and deal out 20 of them face up. We arrange these cards into four rows, with each row having five cards. This creates a nice 4×5 square tableau.

Now, here’s where things get interesting. We place two aces on each side of the square. These aces serve as the foundation piles. The goal is to build up these foundation piles in ascending order, following the same suit. So, you start with an ace, and then you place the 2 of the same suit on top, followed by the 3, and so on.

As for the rest of the cards, well, they go into what we call the draw pile. You’ll be drawing cards from this pile throughout the game.


Hi there! Let’s talk about a card game called “The Carpet.” In this game, we have a set of 4×7 cards arranged in what we call the Carpet. The cards in the Carpet can be moved to the foundation piles. To start the game, I can choose to move any eligible cards from the Carpet. Let’s say I have a 2 of Spades on the Carpet, I can move it to the Spades foundation. Whenever I move a card from the Carpet, the empty space is filled with a new card from the draw pile.

Now, what happens when there are no more moves left in the Carpet? Well, that’s when I start drawing cards from the draw pile. One card at a time, I’ll check if it can be played onto a foundation pile. If it can, great! I’ll place it there. But if it can’t, I’ll put it face up on the waste pile. Oh, and by the way, the top card on the waste pile can also be played onto the foundations.

The game keeps going like this until either I win by successfully moving all the cards to the foundations or the draw pile runs out of cards. If the draw pile does run out and there are no more legal moves left, then the game is blocked. But hey, don’t worry, you can always try again!


I’m going to show you how to triumph over this challenge. It’s all about completing the foundation piles. Trust me, it’s easier than it sounds.

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