I love it when a puzzle comes together. Case in point: a convergence of a traditional weave structure, a mathematical concept, and customer requirements, resulting in a unique set of kitchen towels.
I enjoy perusing old textile books, especially those from Scandinavia. A lot of what I find is elegant, yet often quite utilitarian; quiet statements of exquisite craftsmanship. This approach to the craft really resonates with me.
I ran across this particular weave structure in a book of traditional Finnish textiles, Handweaving Patterns from Finland by Helvi Pyysalo and Viivi Merisalo. It was presented as a natural linen towel, with large square blocks with alternating vertical and horizontal ribs, a subtle checkerboard effect.