New York State, home base of Rug Rag, has just passed a law that bans the word "Oriental" from offical State documents. Now this doesn't relate to our precious rugs, it is a reference to the outdated term of referring to people of Asian decent. Both "Asian American" and "Asian Pacific Islander" are to replace the somewhat offensive "Oriental". The term isn't used very often but now it has no chance of popping up somewhere along the lines. Whew! For a second there we weren't sure what Governor Paterson was gonna call his oriental rug?!