Koi, those delightful finned swimmers you often see in aquatic gardens, are believed to have originated from Eastern Asia, and their ornamental cultivation was encouraged under the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Korean Silla Dynasty, and during the Japanese Edo Period. Koi, also called carp, are very closely related to goldfish. I've actually been longing to add a water feature to my garden, and would adore an addition of some koi into a pond (plus they'll eat insect larvae, another definite plus).
However, it seems as if koi aren't content to stay in the pond. These social climbers have been swimming upstream and into our homes, in the form of linens, wallpaper, rugs, and more. Take a look at the widget to get a glimpse of some of their fishy manifestations, and then leave a comment letting me know what you think of them.