This classic scarab shell motif against a subtle gray-green background with designs in pale tan has the look of a rich brocade fabric. The design is rendered from a blend of allo, Chinese silk and Tibetan wool, giving the rug a luminescent look. The plush feel is due to the 100-knot-per square inch density and sumptuous 3/8" pile height. Artist and rug historian John Kurtz founded New Moon in part to preserve and promote the age-old traditions of Tibetan crossed weaving, a laborious method that results in a dense, durable rug that will maintain its regal beauty for generations. Each rug is handwoven in Nepal, free from child labor, using the finest Tibetan wool and Chinese silk. The inspiration for each rug varies, from classic Persian motifs to Navajo patterns to abstract designs inherent in nature, but each bears the unmistakable elegance and power of true artistry.