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Knights of Carpetry

or Carpet Knights, are not military but civil knights, such as mayors, lawyers, and so on; so called because they receive their knighthood kneeling on a carpet, and not on the battle-field.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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