Cintamani is an ancient – yet modern-looking – pattern that you still see popping up in contemporary fabrics and carpets. As described on the Met Museum website it’s of Buddhist origin and is composed of three balls (pearls) and wavy lines (waves or tiger stripes) and has become a symbol of good fortune. The entry for cintamani (also spelled chintamani) in Wikipedia attributes the symbol to Buddhist and Hindu origins, and relays more of the legend behind the design. Above, a contemporary carpet made by CB Parsua and a fragment of velvet dating to the 16th century held by the Met Museum.