Below I have drafted an introduction to our rug-design exercise.  Imagine an exhibition of thees rugs, each accompanied by the artist’s statement.  Draft your statement, in two to three hundred words, that explains your carpet’s motifs and their significance to your overall understanding of the novel.


After reading Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, set primarily in Afghanistan,  students designed their own Persian rugs to represent motifs in the story.  The visual elements in these carpets embody literary elements seen by the students as important to the novel.  Under each rug, the artist’s statement explains the major motifs, their relationships to one another and the significance of these motifs to the overall novel.

In this novel, two young boys from ethnic groups of different social standing grow up as close friends.  The older boy’s decisions harm their friendship, and the rest of the story concerns that boy’s finding “a way to be good again.”  Throughout the novel, readers learn about the history and culture of Kabul and neighboring Pakistan, as well as the daily lives of Afghani immigrants in California.

*Motifs, as defined by students at UNC Pembroke, are recurring objects, concepts or structures in a literary work. (