The Carpet: An Afghan Family Story


This poignant story, about an Afghan refugee child and the family carpet that connects them to home, inspires readers to live and learn in love, not fear


ISBN: 9781419763618 Category:

Dezh Azaad


We sip our tea and talk together,
Ruby cushions of goose feather.
The carpet is for sitting.

Additional information

Weight 452 g
Dimensions 22.5 x 27.7 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 6 April 2023
Number of pages 32
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Nan Cao
Dimensions 22.5 x 27.7 cm
Weight 452 g


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Dezh Azaad is an Afghan writer who’s been a refugee his whole life. He lives in Germany, where he teaches Persian to refugee children and leads seminars for teens and young adults on social change, race, and the climate crisis. Azaad loves tinkering with electronics and cooking meals that take five hours to make and five minutes to eat. Visit him online at Nan Cao is a New York-based illustrator. Her work is inspired by surrealistic imagery and her daily life in the big city. When she is not drawing, Cao loves to hang out with the squirrels in the park, daydream under the sun, or get lost in her book collection. She has worked with clients such as Johns Hopkins Magazine, Anorak Magazine, Link NYC, Bulletin Magazine, Spectrum, and Washingtonian magazine. Cao holds an MFA in illustration as visual essay from the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been recognized by American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, AOI, 3x3, and Creative Quarterly.