Inspired by Sonya Sklaroff’s Cicada Invasion oil painting, we create this optical illusions carpet design. Sklaroff is a popular artist whose work has been shown in galleries and museums globally based in New York City. She is an avid traveler and uses her art as an expression to record her experiences. Lately, her work has been leaning towards abstract and modern art. She gets much of her inspiration from objects, scenes, and the people she encounters daily. Experimenting with textures, colors, and techniques, her works are always memorable.
So, we create these optical illusions carpet design that represents her Cicada Invasion art. Her painting is a formation of many Cicadas laying together. Having them close together like that makes the painting more abstract and unique. At first glance, it is hard to tell what the painting is actually of, but the longer you stare, the more it makes sense. Similarly, our custom carpet design is of circle formations that are all close together. Each circle is of a different texture, giving it added dimension. This carpet design is interesting yet elegant, making it the perfect design for office spaces.
Our Talk Carpet team will be happy to help if you would like to create a custom design of your own. Please reach out through our contact page or LiveChat function. All of our carpets are available in recycled ECONYL yarn, ensuring a reduction in consumer waste for a better planet. We also donate 1% of all our custom carpet sales to DIFFA, a charity that focuses on raising awareness and helping to fight AIDS and HIV. Prices start from as little as $21 per square yard, and we can have your sample with you within seven working days. No matter your commercial project needs, we can work together to create the perfect carpet.
Our latest custom carpet is this beautiful Mondrian and Missoni style carpet inspired by the tomb of Menna. The tomb is an ancient burial site in the Theban Necropolis in Luxor. It is cut into the cliffs of the bank and is known best for its remarkably well-preserved paintings. The tomb is highly decorative, adorned with hand-painted patterns and scenes.
Although people don’t know much about Menna himself, he frequently features paintings at the burial site. In each depiction, he wears the “Gold of Honor.” This confirms that he was royalty and a noble, highly-respected figure in Ancient Egypt. Many of the paintings also depict scenes of everyday Egyptian life and funerary customs. One example is a large scene that shows Osiris, the god of the dead, weighing the deceased’s heart against the weight of a feather to decide the morality of their life. Some think the artists’ work is from the reign of Amenhotep III. This is based on the ochre-tones skin, small facial features, and elongated eyes in the characters painted on the tomb walls.
The chambers of the tomb feature intricate multicolored patterns. There are predominantly red zig-zag lines with diamond shapes between the gaps. Each diamond has further decorative touches, and the entire pattern is on a white contrasting background. This covers what remains of the ceiling of the tomb. There are also decorative stripe patterns bordering the Egyptian scenes and walls. These consist of alternating red, blue, yellow, and green rectangles separated by white and black lines. Both patterns boast an abstract and geometric feel.
We believe it is these two patterns that inspire artwork by Piet Mondrian. In particular, his Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow shows a striking resemblance. It appears Italian designer Rosita Missoni has also taken inspiration from the tomb. Many of the pieces from the Missoni collection feature brightly colored geometric and abstract patterns, similar to the ones found here. The designs cultivate positive energy inside the home, which is the same impact we seek with our Missoni-style blended with Mondrian carpet.
We have taken both the zig-zag ceiling pattern and the striped border pattern and used them in combination for a unique and energizing design. The zig-zags run down the length of the carpet, creating a walkway-like feel when used down a corridor. We have also reduced the color palette of the striped pattern to blue, red, white, and green for a more unified look. Alternating the size of the stripes rather than sticking to a uniform size adds intrigue and personality to the design.
Do you have a custom print carpet like our Mondrian carpet that you’d like to create? If so, our Talk Carpet team is happy to help. You can reach out to us using our live chat function or complete the inquiry form on our website. No matter what your commercial carpet needs, we can work together to create a truly unique design. You also have the choice of color and pile height, with prices starting from as little as $21 per square yard. All our carpets come from recycled ECONYL yarn to reduce our environmental impact. Besides, 1% of all custom carpet sales goes to DIFFA, an AID and HIV awareness charity we feel passionate about. To start your custom design, get in touch today.
Between Lake Victoria and the Mediterranean Sea lies the 4,000 miles long River Nile, the longest river in the world. Back in the days of Ancient Egypt, the Nile played the center point of their society and civilization. Egyptians used it for trade and transportation, alongside a major source of irrigation and fertilizing mud for agriculture. As a result, its banks are scattered with archeological treasures from an ancient world just waiting to be explored.
On our recent trip to Egypt, we had to pay the infamous River Nile and its stunning surroundings a visit. Although we’d love to travel the length of the Nile River, a journey from source to mouth, our road trip went between Luxor and Aswan. Arguably this is the most intriguing stretch of the river, home to some amazing hidden treasures and delicious food!
The Five Hour Picturesque Drive Upstream
We began our journey in Luxor, the capital of Ancient Egypt around 3,000 years ago. Here we saw some of the first ancient artifacts on our journey. The waterfront Temple of Luxor marks the town center, but the town is predominantly a doorway to many other attractions. So, we started on the narrow road towards Aswan to see what we could discover. The road meanders alongside the river passing through small Egyptian villages where locals live.
Although the journey should only take two hours, it now takes five. Villagers have put unofficial and improvised speed bumps along its course. However, this just gives you more time to soak up the beautiful landscape. The blue body of water looks picturesque meandering across the endless sandy Sahara desert. Paired with the occasional palm groves and a sky that turns from brilliant blue to dusky red throughout the day, it makes for breathtaking scenery.
Amazing Egyptian Temples & Artifacts
Aside from the beautiful landscape, the banks of the river are home to truly mesmerizing Egyptian artifacts. They transport you back to a time of pharaohs, towering pyramids, and Egyptian gods. From sacred burial sites and temples to blessed statues and carvings, the Nile is the gateway to it all.
Just before lunch, we stopped at one of the most magnificent temples along the route, the Temple of Edfu. Of all the temples in Ancient Egypt, this is one of the newer additions and has Greek influences in its design. It was built during the Ptolemaic era in 200 BC and is a true representation of the ambition of the temple builders. Edfu Temple is today one of the best-preserved artifacts from this era. Made from sandstone and covered in huge hieroglyphics, it projects high above the desert landscape. It was here that locals worshiped the falcon-headed god of the sky, Haroeris.
After lunch we then continued towards Aswan, stopping at the Kom Ombo Temple shortly afterward. This is another temple from the Ptolemaic period made with carefully carved pillars and hieroglyphic-covered sandstone. When built it was dedicated to Sobek and Haroeris, two Egyptian gods, and is now one of the most iconic landmarks on the banks. Its prime position along the Nile River and grandiose design reflect its importance. This glorious ancient treasure is a real must-see and skipped by the majority of tourists.
Delicious Falafel from the Locals
On the stretch of the journey between our two favorite temples, we stopped for lunch at a local food joint. Here we had the best falafels – or ta’ameya as they call it in Egypt – that we have ever tasted. Rather than being made from chickpeas like most Middle Eastern recipes, the Egyptians make it using dried fava beans. The friendly owner wasn’t used to tourists visiting and was extremely proud, asking us to take his photograph.
Since returning home, I’ve tried to replicate the recipe. I’d highly recommend anyone wanting a taste of Egyptian culture to give it a try. To make, simply place two cups of fava beans in a large bowl and cover with water, leaving them to soak overnight. Drain your beans in the morning and combine them in a food processor with red onion, parsley, cilantro, dill, garlic, coriander, salt, and cumin. Take this dough-like mixture and roll it into balls before coating with toasted bread crumbs mixed with sesame seeds. You then simply fry your falafels in oil for 3-5 minutes until golden brown and delicious.
Our Sunset Sailing Trip from Aswan
When we finally reached the end of our journey in Aswan, we left the narrow road behind and took to the waters of the Nile. Keeping things traditional, we set sail on an Egyptian wooden boat known as a felucca. They have canvas sails and a canopy to protect you from the hot sun while floating down the winding waters. We were guided by a Nubian sailing crew, with the wind and water current heavily dictating our speed. This gave us an entirely new and interesting perspective of the riverside villages and archaeological treasures scattered along the shore. We were also on the water for a spectacular sunset. As the sun dipped below the horizon, we watched overhead turn a deep red and the waters reflect back the delightful orange hue. While on the River Nile we passed a group of local men on a bachelor party aboard a neighboring boat. Many other locals and tourists alike were also lapping up the wonders of the river and its surroundings. The Nile is still today a hub for Egyptians, with 95% of the population residing only a few miles away from its shores. It’s an undeniable necessity for anyone traveling Egypt, allowing you to see a wealth of ancient cultural attractions and scenery.