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About paisley Designs
Create an endearing look with eye-catching paisley wallpaper and home decor that stands the test of time. Capable of bending traditional, preppy, trendy or Bohemian, this painterly, teardrop-shaped textile pattern traces back to Indo-European cultures over 2,000 years old.The original paisley motif—called a boteh or buta—is often compared to a mango, feather, tadpole, or yin-yang symbol. However, many scholars believe the paisley print represents a cypress tree paired with a floral spray, the ancient symbol for fertility and life.Originating on luxurious Kashmir shawls exchanged among royalty, paisley prints surged in popularity in the 19th century thanks to Empress Josephine (Napoleon's wife). Josephine not only draped the prized paisley scarves over her shoulders, she had them made into coverlets and pillows for her palace.During this time, the manufacturing town of Paisley, Scotland began producing Eastern-inspired shawls to keep up with popular demand. From there, the English term for buta became paisley—though quilters in the United States called it "Persian pickles."Over the course of history, the paisley print has adorned all types of fashion and furniture, from sumptuous rugs and classic cotton bandanas, to Oscar Wilde's silk smoking jacket and John Lennon's Rolls-Royce. Seemingly simple, yet swanky and splendid, the paisley print easily adapts to any style.