The “Painted Rugs” have an architectural underpinning. They are inspired by the exquisite designs of Middle Eastern rugs, whose geometric patterns are arranged in perfect symmetry, reminiscent of complex floor plans. In creating my rug designs, I first set up the composition by choosing the motifs to be used and by mapping out the underlying structure of the layout. I then build on that structure by combining patterns indigenous to various cultures to create a rhythm in the design.