You may only know its name or like the majority of people, just its pattern. However, Paisley is one of the most iconic designs that you can ever encounter. You will find it on many textiles or wallpapers in houses. Wherever you see it, the purpose is pretty simple; to decorate and make a statement. This post will look at some background of the Paisley design.
The Paisley design is said to have first originated between AD 200 and AD 650. Like most of the designs that you will find in the modern-day, Paisley originated in Persia. It was primarily a design concept that was exclusively for the rich. As history dictates, most of the world’s wealth around this time was concentrated around Persia.
There are many theories and arguments as to what the original Paisley designs represented. However, historians agree that the meaning was mainly dependent on the region that a specific Paisley design was found. Some of the most commonly accepted definitions of this design include the following.
- An adaptation of the Ying-Yang symbol
- A symbol of plant life
Modern History of the Paisley Design
The modern Paisley design pegs most of its history in Europe. As with most other Persian designs and artefacts, Paisley made its way into the continent around the 16th century, thanks to merchants who would traverse between Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
In Europe, this design was adopted in the textile industry. It became a norm for people to wear outfits that incorporated the Paisley symbol. As with Persia, these textiles were a reserve of the wealthy in Europe as well.
The most positive reception of the design is in the Scottish town of Paisley. The contemporary name that the design goes by came about as a result of its association with this town.