Noted for the tent given him by the fairy Pari-banou, which would cover a whole army, but might be carried in one's pocket; and for the apple of Samarcand, which would cure all diseases. —Arabian Nights, Prince Ahmed, etc.
This tent coincides in a marvellous manner with the Norse ship called Skidbladnir (q.v.). (See Solomon's Carpet.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894