A portable case for people so called because originally made of carpeting
- following the methods or characteristic of carpetbaggers
- presumptuously searching for success or a situation in a brand new locality
- taking a trip bag made of carpeting; widely used in 19th century
- A portable bag for tourists; -- so called because originally made of carpet.
also carpet-bag, "soft-cover taking a trip instance manufactured from carpeting textile," 1830, from carpeting (letter.) + bag (n.).