ghaba_saqal_rugToday, all are designing individual carpets with visual motifs* that represent literary motifs in Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 novel, The Kite Runner.

*According to the Glossary of Literary Terms we used, from UNC Pembroke, a motif is a recurring object, structure or concept in a literary work.

Expectations, Guidelines and Advice

Make your design on one side of a piece of printer paper.  All four edges of the design should appear no farther than one inch from the edges of the paper.  Make the overall carpet a rectangle.

Use pencil, pen, colored pencils, colored pens, or a combination.

Although you are expected to use at least three visual motifs, you will likely want more.

In the early stages, space your motifs evenly.  As time allows, you can fill in the design with increasing recurrences of some motifs. I base this advice on the principle of symmetry I see in most carpets.

As you consider the carpet’s overall design, consider the relative placement and importance of the motifs.  For example, do some contain others?  Do some cross, encounter or contrast with others?  When someone sees your design from some distance, which motifs stand out?  As viewers come closer to the carpet, what details emerge?

At some point–when, I do not know–you will be asked to explain, in writing or speech, what motifs from the novel are represented by the figures in your carpet.

Finally, if you would like ideas about elements and principles of art, review this site.  Over the years, I have found it a helpful reminder.  Have fun.

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