Origin for an inspiration: Oud design
Last year I visited Thessaloniki, Greece to attend a friend's wedding. On the way back I had taken a Turkish airlines flight from Istanbul to New York like I had done many times before. This time they gave me a blanket with Middle Eastern pattern on it. With a 10.5 hour flight and nothing else to do other than allow the carnival in my head to roam free, I noticed this amazing 8 point star pattern as I looked down. A light bulb went off in my head. Over the next year I planned this concept for an oud, and even had a special 8 point star rosette design just for it. It took about 8 months to get to after clearing up some odds and ends in the workshop, then about 3 to 4 months to complete.