I did an inventory the other day of the number of paisley patterns that are scattered around my house. There were ALOT! Not only did I find in the living room upholstery, master bed duvet cover, and office drapery, I have several pieces of clothing with wonderful paisley patterns as well, the most recent are a couple of pashminas (shawls) I picked up on the street in New York City.
There just seems to be something about the whimsical teardrop design that draws me in every time. So much so, that I thought I would do a little research …
According to wikipedia, the pattern dates well into the distant past, but it’s western name and popularity came from the Scottish town of Paisley. The town’s mid-nineteenth century weaving industry is credited for naming rights to Paisley.
Whatever the history – I am drawn to all things paisley – here are a few I found while browsing:
From Koessel Studios – an oversized paisley wallpaper – gives a modern feel to a traditional room – LOVE it!
Lovely form and colour – and it’s all topped off with paisley! eBay Design Blog by Shawn Henderson
I’m getting my book and a warm cup of tea … a lazy Sunday is calling my name! Norwich Paisley from Thibault Wallpapers’ River Road collection.
Coventry Paisley wallpaper from Leland’s Wallpaper. This would cover the walls in the library that I got my book from for the chair above :)
Isn’t this a gorgeous mosaic ball? It would be lovely as a decorative feature in the garden. From Margaret Almon Mosaics.
Paisley in Art – love the draping of the teardrop on the tree branches – Matthew Robers & Associates
I think ANYTHING would taste good off of this plate… Aedrial Designs
This little valance topper is from Lemon Annie’s blog. I really love the combination of colours and the chocolate ribbon sets it all off.
Modern twist with large pattern Paisley linens from Crate & Barrel.
And finally “la pièce de la résistance” – funky paisley boots from Zappos – NOT in my wardrobe!