The Flying Carpet (or Magic Carpet) is an item and mode of transportation in the Dragon Quest series. Using it, the hero's party can travel over land and sea, but not over mountains and forests. The carpet is used as an item to in order to ride it (unlike the ship).
The Flying Carpet is able to fly over land, swamp, desert, and water. No random enemy encounters occur while riding the magic carpet. Since it can fly over the rocky shoals, the carpet is necessary to reach both the Stairway to Zenithia and the Neverglade.
The Flying Carpet is not able to traverse mountains or forests on the world map. This can be cumbersome around forested areas.