LABYRINTH design (Wikipedia)
(from Ancient Crete)
Here, most probably, is a pattern with one of the oldest geometric inspirations in quiltdom, a squared version (for the purpose of transforming it into a quilt block) of the famed Greek Labyrinth from ancient Crete. However there are certainly other, ancient imports in contention, such as GRECIAN SQUARE or GREEK CROSS, for instance, and the classic ROMAN STRIPE, as well as the exquisite WONDER OF EGYPT.
In this block, the "seed" idea, or small square (all the lines sprout from it!!), is a very simple nine-patch, highlighted above in rose and gold. From there the ancient puzzle miraculously springs forth (have a look at the unfoldment via the animation).
The design as a whole could act as a medallion quilt, with this one pattern taking up the center of the coverlet and other patterns or embellishments around it, or it can be tiled quite successfully (see below). Notice the extension of a border on two sides of the design to facilitate the over-all pattern, also that the path through the labyrinths follows not the lines but the empty space between them, as is clear from the entrance.
Related titles at this site include:
THE CASTLE WALL
TOWERS OF CAMELOT