Today I just finished reading a wonderful short story by Carrie Jane Knowles, a local author here in North Carolina. This is not the first book of hers I have read and I love her style of writing. In Ashoan’s Rug, Knowles took an object, a rug, and showed how it meant so much to the many lives it touched through the years. How many times have we walked through flea markets or antique shops and have seen something that might have been hand made and thought “what is the story behind this?”
Ashoan is asked by her mother to weave a rug for herself. Her mother had dreamed up the design that she should add to her rug. This was going to be the story of her future and the troubles that she will bear. Ashoan was born with a red birthmark that covered half of one side of her face. Her mother knew that any man that married her would not truly love her and her sweet, kind heart. This magic rug that was inspired from Ashoan’s mother’s dreams traveled from home to home meaning something different to each person who owned it. Many prayed on it and it wore the tears and burdens of those that felt its magic.
I highly recommend that you pick up Ashoan’s Rug as you will not be disappointed in this delightful short story. It will be one to cherish for years!