Detail of a handmade silk carpet from Kashmir (Srinagar), 20th c. (private collection).
In Ancient Greece during the geometric art period (ca. 900 to 700 BC) and still today in Islamic art, the perfection of geometry and the potentially infinite repetition of patterns were one way to represent and attain the divine.
Did you know that in every handmade carpet there is one thread of a different color invisible to the eye? This is a gesture of humility from the carpet maker since only God, in his eyes, could achieve perfection.