So this is a story all about how, his life got flipped, turned upside down. I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, I'll tell you how the magic carpet became a nylon au pair.
In A Nutshell, The Magic Carpet In 'Aladdin' (1992) Used To Be A Human Who Was Full Of Hopes, Dreams, Fears And Feelings
Yeah, really. Redditor falseeight has, like magic, come up with an awfully tragic backstory to Aladdin's tasseled companion.
As a quick reminder, check out the clip below. We see the carpet behave with human-like traits and mannerisms:
It's Based Around The Disney Universe Trait Of Cursing Humans Into Animals Or Objects
A good example here is Beauty and the Beast, where Prince Adam is turned into a hairy monster:
A Curse Which Can Only Be Overturned By Finding True Love
This is a theme which is also explored in films such as The Little Mermaid (1989), where true love can transform those either back into a human, or in Ariel's case, from mermaid to human.
Now, going back to Beauty and the Beast (1991). There are a number of characters who are transformed into objects, including:
Lumière Into A Candelabra
Cogsworth Into A Pendulum Clock
Mrs. Potts Into A Teapot
So, could the magic carpet, within the Disney Universe, be a human who was cursed, but never found true love?
Or, alternatively, perhaps he was a servant to a Prince or Princess who was cursed, but never found a loving companion to reverse the spell?
It's pretty tragic if so. I imagine he was a boy in the wrong place at the wrong time, probably called Mat. I expect he was pretty rugged looking, with shaggy hair. Poor Mat.
The Carpet (Let's Call Him Mat, Now) Even Has A Taste For Red Wine...
Mat Also Beats Genie At Chess!
Which could imply the carpet actually has human level intellect.
Now though, he lives his life trapped as a magic carpet, providing unfaltering support to his friend.
He even helps live his life, dreams and desires through Aladdin, by helping him find love.
Well done, Mat. You're a true friend.