E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Brother of Prince Ahmed. He possessed a piece of carpet or tapestry of such wonderful power that anyone had only to sit upon it, and it would transport him in a moment to any place to which he desired to go.
If Prince Houssains flying tapestry or Astolphos hippogriff had been shown, he would have judged them by the ordinary rules, and preferred a well-hung chariot.Sir Walter Scott.