On August 6, 2010, The Persian Carpet, Inc. (a Durham, North Carolina based company) filed a copyright infringement action in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina (Civil Action No. 1:10-cv-604) against Tashi Dhan Galaicha Udhyog (a business in Nepal) and Phurbu Nyima Sherpa (a principal of Tashi Dhan and a resident of New York) alleging infringement of its copyright in "The Ginko" rug.
The Persian Carpet is owner of Certificate of Registration No. VA 1-638-497. The complaint alleges that defendants sold the allegedly infringing rugs to L. & J.G. Stickley and "disseminated, and sold hundreds of rugs which are copies of The Ginko rug ...." The Persian Carpet's Ginko rug is shown below. Defendants have not been served as of the date of this posting.