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A Brief History of Paisley (or Persian Pickle!)

Paisley, a teardrop-shaped motif with a curved upper end is Persian in origin and often referred to by traditionalists as Persian Pickles.

Paisley designs became very popular in the West in the 18th and 19th centuries, following imports of the design from India, especially in the form of Kashmir shawls, and were then replicated locally.


The English name for the patterns derives from the town of Paisley, in the west of Scotland, which was a centre for textiles where paisley designs were mass produced.


The pattern is still commonly seen in Britain and other English-speaking countries on men's ties, waistcoats, and scarfs, and remains popular in other items of clothing and textiles in Iran and South and Central Asian countries.

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