In the West, these designs became popular in the 18th and 19th centuries with the import of items like shawls from Kashmir and then began to be copied locally.
The design is composed of the buta or boteh, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif. Some believe this to be a combination of a stylised floral spray and a cypress tree, taken from Zoroastrian symbology.
Paisley is so versatile it has been used in all sorts of textile and rug designs for centuries. The pattern is popular for neck ties and it took me only moments to pull a very small selection from my own wardrobe and realise just how many I have! It's easy to see what a varied look can be achieved.
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|Duchess of Cambridge wearing Alexander McQueen, Sandra Bullock wearing Stella McCartney|
and Nikki Reed wearing Naeem Khan
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