The red carpet always signifies respect, class, fame and authority. But who is supposed to walk on it, when and on what occasions?
First of all the history of the red carpet i.e the earliest known reference to walking a red carpet was in literature in the play Agamemnon by Aeschylus, written in 458 BC.
A red carpet was traditionally and currently used to mark the route taken by heads of state on ceremonies, formal occasions and during their arrivals.
Red carpets are also often coupled with publicity backdrops which contain brand logos or emblems for photography purposes.
The red carpet is also used to show respect and welcome nobel prize winners. Since they are such big occasions they deserve most respect.
Carpeting may take other colors in some instances to honor a certain cause or for a sponsored event, the sponsor's logo colors, such as a "green carpet" to promote environmental awareness
In some countries like South Africa and the Philippines, a red carpet is laid for members of parliament and other guests entering the joint session, allowing a showcase of fashion for politicians.
More generally, red carpet treatment and rolling out the red carpet usually refer to any special efforts made in the interests of hospitality.
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