It is generally agreed that the Paisley pattern originated in Persia around AD 224. It resembles a twisted teardrop or kidney shape. Some scholars believe it is the convergence of a stylized floral spray and a cypress tree: a Zoroastrian symbol of life and eternity.

In Iran the design is known as “Boteh”, the Persian word for a shrub or cluster of leaves, and was a major textile pattern during the 18th and 20th centuries. In the kingdom of Kashmir, the paisley pattern developed from influences coming across the border from China, India and Persia. The pattern was used in weaving fabrics and shawls. Hence, the British used to import it and then started weaving the pattern into fabrics and shawls, in the town of Paisley in West Scotland.

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