Inspired by the medallion patterns of antique carpets, the paintings measure six feet in height and seem to float an inch away from the large walls of the gallery. This effect highlights the feathered edges of the paper which simulate the frayed edges of carpets. Gabriele achieved this effect by creating specialized combs out of metal and wood, teasing the fine paper’s fibers, and applying layers of watercolor paint that he specially formulated with raw pigments to give the surface of the paintings the texture and warmth of aged textiles. From afar, the pieces look like actual carpets, their age and medium difficult to determine. As the viewer approaches, they transform into intricate works of contemporary abstraction."Challenging notions of originality and authorship is important in order to strike a balance between tradition and innovation. In some ways, the emphasis on novelty as progress has helped to unravel the values that make culture cohesive from generation to generation," Gabriele explained, tongue-in-cheek, "Although many artists have embraced appropriation, I’d like to be among the most original.