Yvette print from Les Indiennes
The Paisley print or the teardrop or the mango pattern- so many descriptions for a design that really gets around. The pattern originated in India and Persia but the name 'Paisley' derives from an eponymous Scottish town. How so? The British East India Company and others returning from the colonies exported the pattern, especially seen on cashmere shawls, to the western world.
And such was the demand, that textiles bearing the pattern were mass-produced and in the 1800's, the town of Paisley became the leading producer of beautiful multicolored shawls bearing this design. And so with some modification, was born the Paisley pattern.
The Paisley pattern has been celebrated by some and vilified by others. I think it is a timeless classic and deserves a special mention. It has been seen on walls, like the one in this room designed by Alessandra Branca....
Design by Alessandra Branca; image via girlmeetsglamour
Michael Smith, the White House decorator, designed this bedroom with mix and match paisley's...
Image from Domino magazine
On fabrics for pillows, sheets: you name it, the Paisley is on it!
Image of pillow from Les Indiennes
Paisley block print paisley duvet cover from Urban Outfitters
The Paisley print was popular in the '60's and these pajamas will take you right back there!! The Color Swirl sleep pants from Anthropologie....
I am partial to their Bandana bucket bag with its big batik paisleys....
Images from Anthropologie
And don't even get me started on gorgeous Indian saris, and the popular mango pattern......
Image from here
Image from Harini Silks
(Click on Harini Silks to see a close-up of this yellow sari.)
Or on jewelry....
Images from the Zoya collection from Tanishq
So, go ahead, add a dash of Eastern glamour to your day.
Be creative with the paisley/mango design and do share your ideas with me!