Paisley fabric and the distinctive swirling pattern has a long and varied history, involving Scottish shawls, the Franco-Prussian war and the swinging sixties, but it began way out east, and it is constantly being re-interrupted with revivals of paisley fabrics across the catwalks and use in home interiors in recent years. Paisley or Paisley pattern is a term in English for a design using the boteh or buta, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin. Such designs became very popular in the West in the 18th and 19th centuries, following imports of post-Mughal versions of the design from British India, especially in the form of Kashmir shawls, and were then imitated locally. During the second half of the 19th Century paisley pattern fabrics were widely used in English and American Victorian Interiors and were also popular in France. Inspired by imported Kashmiri Shawls and resembling a twisted teardrop, the kidney-shaped paisley is of Iranian origin, but its western name derives from the town of Paisley, in West Scotland, a centre for textiles where paisley designs were produced. In modern times, you can find paisley curtain fabrics of all types as the motif has been expanded on in both design and colour be it in print fabrics or embroideries. Paisley Upholstery Fabric has also come along way and you can find printed paisley velvet fabrics that are durable for furniture. Browse online our ranges of Paisley fabrics from the worlds leading designer brands.