In the little town of whoknowswhere, we were invited to a proper Berber tea party. Removing our shoes at the door and climbing several flights of candlelit stairs, we sat with Fatima and her husband and watched as she worked on her loom, weaving traditional Morocco rugs. Her husband unfolded rolls and rolls of carpets in front of us, explaining each color and symbol, and the different types of yarn. It takes Fatima about nine months to complete each rug. My favorites are made of agave silk. Transforming cactus into silk makes the softest rug imaginable.