Our Word Mark
The design filling the "O" in the Silk Road Project word mark embodies the interconnectedness of traditional Silk Road lands.
Three concentric rings emerge from a central circle, each ring comprising circles and suggesting a string of pearls. This pearl roundel motif, as it is called, has its origins in Sasanian Persia (3rd century C.E. to 7th century C.E.).
The direct inspiration for our design comes from a seventh-century silk fabric found in Japan that is similar to a seventh-century fabric excavated in Turfan (present-day Xinjiang Province, China) and also a seventh-century fabric found in Astana (present-day Kazakhstan).