It’s not often that Italians pay homage to France or French culture. For the most part, Italians mock and frown upon all-things/people-French. But if you’re like me, you’re probably wishing Rome had some French restaurants where you can bathe yourself in butter instead of olive oil for a night (like confit duck leg, mmm).
But no matter how prominent their distaste is for France, Italians are pretty much OK with incorporating some French words into their vocabulary.
One example of said word-borrowing is moquette. This noun (f) is basically the French word for carpet. Italians use it in the same way: a fitted carpet, or wall-to-wall carpeting. Needless to say, fitted carpets are not the style of Roman apartments for the most part, but I do occasionally see an apartment listing that has a room with a moquette. To each his own…floor covering!
“Penso di mettere la moquette nella mia stanza da letto.” – I am thinking of putting a carpet in my bedroom.