Behind the veil
Barker tells a story about magic, the hidden world that is right in front of us. Or as in this case, hidden in a carpet. Ancient people that had almost got eradicated by something that resembles the God of Abraham.
This story blends the everyday life with the mystery of ancient magic. Demons, witches, deities and such, but also the story of human growth, and love, in the normal reality as we all know. This is not one of those horror books by Barker, this is more of an realistic fantasy, a dreamy drama of life.