A rug inspired by cowrie shell, a recognizable symbol in African culture, as it was one of the first signs of wealth and money. In ancient Africa, the cowrie shell was used as currency. Because of their light-weight and non-perishable nature, cowries were often threaded into bracelets or long strings of forty for trade. In Ethiopia, the cowrie is used as jewelry and as a decorative item for baskets and baby carriers. May this rug bring wealth and prosperity to your home.