Paisley or paisley pattern is the design using a teardrop-shaped motif. Originally designed in Persia possibly dating back to 1700BCE.

Many different cultures have used the paisley art in many objects. Even Paisley shape varies from country to country taking forms from pine nuts to cucumber.

Paisleys print can possibly also be traced back to Celtic tradition. Celtic patterns were used on many highly-decorated metal objects from the Iron age period in Britain around 50BC to AD50.

The English name Paisley owes it to the town of Paisley in West Scotland. In 1805 the small city of Paisley started the huge scale of woven shawl production.

The creation of Paisley pattern


In the 19th the paisley shawl was the ‘must-have’ accessory in Britain and a symbol of status worn for important occasions and recorded in numerous portrait paintings. Also Paisley was very popular in the West during 18th and 19th.

In many countries Paisley pattern has different names. For example it is called bota in Netherlands, bootar in India, peizuli in Japan and palme in France.

The pattern continues to be very commonly seen in many countries, especially in Europe, Asian countries and the United States.

Signare tapestry design is inspired by the Paisley pattern and creates a full range of products colored with a blue and gold scheme creating an attractive blend of color. Shop our Paisley range here.