I made these coasters for my daughter. I noticed that she had cups and glasses on her coffee table, and I asked her "Do you respect wood?" If you watch Curb Your Enthusiasm, starring Larry David, then you will remember the episode about the ring on the coffee table when a coaster wasn't used. So now she has coasters to protect her coffee table.
I also chose to make elephants because she wanted to decorate with designs/motifs from India. I am currently working on an elephant quilt for her dining room.