European craftsmen copied designs from Islamic imports, especially luxury silk textiles. These were the most easily transportable trade goods, and often travelled vast distances. Silks made in China and Central Asia were also brought to Europe via Mamluk trade routes, and with them travelled motifs, such as the lotus flower, or mythological beasts whose exotic forms captured the European imagination. The shapes of Islamic imports were also copied. The albarello, for example, was originally a Middle Eastern form of storage jar, which was so widely copied in Italy that this shape is now known by an Italian word.