Emirati pattern

© Aljoud Lootah

“Patterns, shapes and forms are at the heart of my inspiration,” she says. “I find geometry and lines very interesting to work with, and the characteristics of repeat patterns absolutely mesmerising.” Her interest in pattern began when she started researching Islamic geometric motifs and patterns. “What intrigues me about the Emirati patterns is the fact that the ladies who weave them are often inspired by their surrounding environment. These geometric motifs are designed to reflect trees, piles of dates, sand dunes… but they’re designed in a very abstract way that makes them aesthetically appealing.”