Having recently got involved in an inconclusive argument on the subject the other day, I'd like to know which of these names is best when describing the hat worn in the Middle East.
Merriam-Webster defines a fez as a
brimless cone-shaped flat-crowned hat that usually has a tassel, is usually made of red felt, and is worn especially by men in eastern Mediterranean countries
and defines a tarboosh as a
red hat similar to the fez worn especially by Muslim men
but this doesn't get us very far. Does it matter what this hat is called, and if it does, what is the preferred term?