Positively Paisley

February 23, 2016

By Tab Byrum

What’s the first thing you think of when I say paisley, men’s neckties, grandma’s chairs, a tablecloth? Whatever you think of it’s probably been done in the paisley pattern at one time or another, paisley is a very old pattern and very ubiquitous. Paisley is a centuries-old pattern that first originated in Persia and is meant to resemble a droplet shape. It became popular in the west in the 18th and 19th centuries and started in Europe as a patterned fabric that lady’s shawls were made of.


A few fun facts about paisley, while it started in Persia the name Paisley actually comes from a town in Scotland, some people refer to the pattern as “Persian Pickles” and Welsh textile creators refer to it as “Welsh Pears”. Today you can find paisley everywhere, it’s available in fabrics for both the home and fashion, wallpaper, rugs, carpeting and so much more. Here’s a look at the different colors and sizes of paisley patterns and it’s many incarnations. Enjoy!!!


Paisley bedding has been around for years and is constantly getting a new look about it. 


Paisley ties have also been a mainstay in men’s fashion, I’ve had some beauties over the years. 


Today you can also see Paisley used on home accessories such as the vases painted in complementary colors of each other. 



Paisley has also been used in women’s fashion for years.


Here are some dye blocks used in creating paisley patterns. 



This bedroom gets a double dose of paisley from the pattern stenciled on the wall above the bed to the pillows on the bed. 


I love the subtlety of tone on tone fabrics or like this one where the pattern is either a few shades lighter or darker than the background fabric.

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Paisley has even found its way onto our bodies.


Isn’t this a beautiful cake, again tone on tone is so elegant. 



Paisley has found its way throughout this piece of art for a child’s room.


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