The pattern today is a simple three color repeat that feels very active to me. Things had gotten a bit static lately, and I wanted to come up with something that was modern and energetic. The inspiration for this arrangement of the original motif was a Moorish mosque repurposed as the Church of the Assumption of Mary in Mértola, Portugal.
I noticed the zig-zaggy detail on the top for the motif and for color looked at the gorgeous turquoise sky, white building and dark door. Mértola has a long history, and has been inhabited by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, and Moors before being conquered by the Portuguese King Sancho II. It's had a shaky economic history, but with the discovery of evidence of the many civilizations who lived here has become a thriving tourist site in modern times. So my pattern is a blend of historical elements from the past with the zip and zing of modern days.