The Name   The term Cartesian refers to René Descartes, the French mathematician and philosopher who, in 1637, introduced the idea of specifying the location of a point on a surface by using two intersecting lines, the x and y axes, as measuring guides.

The Designer   Cartesian Graphics was started in 2003 by Julia Roshkow, a former physician and flower girl dress designer (yes, really) with a serious fabric addiction. Originally begun as a home business, Cartesian Graphics is now based in a loft in Long Island City, Queens, a somewhat industrial area of New York City with excellent subway access and superb brick oven pizza.