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Highlights of red carpet welcome and where did it come from?

The oldest reference to red carpet is found in a Greek play - the Agamemnon by Aeschylus, the famous playwright of Greece -- dated 458 BC.

First well documented use of red carpet in modern times comes from the US in 1821

A red carpet was laid out for then President James Monroe

Red carpets were used in New York to welcome and guide passengers of a new express train

Walking on a red carpet is considered as a privilege and taken as a pride by those who walk upon it at high-profile events. The hosts roll out red carpets to let their guests know that they are honoured. But red carpet may also land you in trouble, at least in politics. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh just found it.

A red carpet was being laid in Amritsar on Monday for Amarinder Singh. The venue was the site where a bomb blast killed three persons and injured others on Sunday. The Punjab Police called it a terror-related incident.

When TV cameras captured the rolling out of a red carpet for Amarinder Singh, someone high in the administration got it withdrawn. The organisers might not be at fault as red carpet welcome is a norm for politicians in India, more so if the politician is in the government.

Carpets are anyway very easily found in India, which is the world leader in handmade carpets. India is the top manufacturer and exporter of handmade carpets in the world both in terms of value and volume. About 75-80 per cent of total production is exported.

There is no separate data for red carpets but given the number of politicians from panchayat to Parliament, India must be producing the largest volume of red carpets.

By the way, red carpets are foreign in origin. The oldest reference to red carpet is found in a Greek play - the Agamemnon by Aeschylus, the famous playwright of Greece -- dated 458 BC. This was the time around which Gautam Buddha lived and preached in India and Ajatshatru of Magadh (in modern south Bihar) was the mightiest king in India.

The Greek story is very interesting.

In the play, king Agamemnon goes away from the capital to fight a war leaving behind his wife Clytemnestra. The war is long drawn-out. Both the king and queen don't stay faithful during this time.

Agamemnon returns to the capital with his concubine named Cassandra. Despite her own infidelity, queen Clytemnestra turns vengeful. She rolls out a red carpet for her victorious husband.

However, there is a catch. Agamemnon doesn't want to walk on the red carpet. According Greek beliefs, only gods were allowed to walk on the red carpet. The king feared that something bad would happen if he walked on the red carpet. But the queen insisted, the king set his feet on the red carpet and met a sorry end.

The red carpet travelled from Greece to the rest of the world as the European colonisers spread all over the globe. The first well documented use of red carpet in modern times comes from the US where in 1821, a red carpet was laid for the then President James Monroe to welcome him ashore from a riverboat in South Carolina.

In 1902, red carpets were used in New York to welcome and guide the passengers of a new express train. Later from 1920s, Hollywood made red carpets more popular and fashionable.

It is not certain as to when red carpet was first used in India for welcoming a high dignitary. But at the Delhi Durbar in 1911, the then Viceroy Lord Hardinge welcomed the newly crowned King George V on a red carpet.

The Durbar was held at the Red Fort, which was in neglect and had been renovated for the purpose. Jungles inside the Red Fort were cleared and prepared for the occasion as a garden. And, red carpets were spread in an elaborate fashion to welcome King George V and Queen Mary in November 1911.

The red carpet has been in vogue in India ever since to welcome dignitaries and celebrities. Incidentally, even the Rajya Sabha, also called the House of Elders has red carpets spread while the Lok Sabha, the Lower House, makes do with green carpets. Though, in effect, the Lok Sabha enjoys more powers than the Rajya Sabha.

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