When, in 2007, it reissued the "Atlas" decoration, which has been produced by the manufactory since the 18th century, Nymphenburg used shapes from a variety of series ranging from "Empire" to "Juno". The surprisingly modern look of the decoration is inspired by the ikat technique of weaving originally used in southeast Asia where lengths of yarn are dyed in different colours before they are used. Weaving then produces geometric patterns that, because the end product is handmade, are more or less regular and precise. This appearance is also created by the filigreed hand-painted lines that has found an ideal counterpart in the functional service by Wersin. The "Atlas" design is one of the earliest abstract paintings employed in the history of European porcelain.