Paisley print design or Paisley pattern is a vegetable and flower motif of Persian and Indian derivation.
Paisley print patterns are sometimes called as “Persian pickles” by American traditionalists especially quilt makers. Similar bordering to a warped droplet, the mango shaped paisley is Iranian and Indian in beginning, but it is a western name derived from the town of Paisley in central Scotland.
In Tamil language the paisley design is known as Mankolam and has long been used by Indian. It reminds you a mango fruit because it has the same shape and has sometimes been linked with Hinduism.
Some design academics also name the characteristic shape Boteh and consider it is the convergence of a stylized floral scatter and a cypress tree. Cypress tree is a Zoroastrian symbol of life and perpetuity.
A floral motif is called as Buteh which was created in the Sassanid Dynasty of Persia (200–650 AD) and later in the Safavid Dynasty of Persia (since 1501 to 1736).
Paisley was a foremost admired textile pattern in Iran during the Qajar Dynasty and Pahlavi Dynasty. In these phases, the paisley pattern was used to decorate royal ceremonial dress, crowns, and court garments, as well as cloths used by the common population.
According to Azerbaijani historians, paisley design appears from ancient times of Zoroastrianism as a phrase of spirit of that particular religion and it became consequently a decoration aspect which is extensively used in Azerbaijani culture and structural design.
Paisley patterns are still popular in Iran and South and Central Asian countries. Paisley design can be woven by means of gold or silver yarns on silk or other rich quality featured textiles for gifts, for weddings and special occasions, ceremonial functions.
In Iran and Uzbekistan, Paisley designs are well used rather than clothing such as paintings, jewelry, frescoes [the art or performance of painting on a moist, plaster surface with colors ground up in water or lime water mixture], curtains, tablecloths, quilts, carpets, garden landscaping, and pottery also sport the border design.
In Uzbekistan the most habitually found item featuring the design is the traditional doppi headdress.
The modern French words for paisley are boteh and Palme. The later bringing an indication to the palm tree which along with the pine tree and the cypress tree, it is one of the well used traditional botanical motif consider to have influenced the shape of the paisley element as it is at presently recognized.
In Pakistan, Paisley designs are generally called as the Carrey design. Carrey in Urdu means mango seed.
In Punjab, Paisley pattern can be referred to as an “Ambi”. Ambi is derived from the word Amb which means mango in Punjabi.