A Brief History of the Paisley Pattern

The paisley pattern can best be described as a curving teardrop and has both Persian and Indian origins. This popular pattern, which has gone in and out of style many times, is well known internationally. It first became popular in western countries during the 18th and 19th centuries, and it was given its name by the town of Paisley, West Scotland – where paisley patterns were made and designed.

Originally known as “boteh,” the design was used on tiles, walls, sculptures, carpets, fabrics, and other decorative designs.  Initially used across Persia (modern day Iran) and India, the design later became widespread in Europe. After India, the paisley shawl gained popularity and became a fashion demand in England, France and Scotland.

The design later died out and then reappeared in the 1960’s, with Mick Jagger and The Dave Clark Five making it a popular fashion design. The paisley also represented the psychedelic spirit of the 60’s and was worn by excited youths. Fast forward to today, and the design has recently reappeared in New York’s Fashion Week.

Even if you dislike the paisley pattern, you can’t ignore its global popularity or contribution to modern day fashion trends. If you love the paisley pattern consider purchasing this storage box, and other items like it on Wysada.com!


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