Forewing colour ranges from light grey to tawny brown, usually with a reddish central cross-band. Similar to the Red Twin-spot Carpet but lacking the two spots near the outer edge of the forewing. Also similar to the Flame Carpet, but this species has two obvious projections on the outer edge of the red central band. The wings of the Red Carpet are also more pointed than in the other two species with a darker diagonal mark at the tip.
Flies at dusk, but easily disturbed when at rest during the day on walls, tree trunks and shady rocks.