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The Origin of Paisley Design

This popular twisted teardrop pattern has a Persian (Iranian) origin, but its western name originates from the town of Paisley, in West Scotland. The paisley pattern traces its origins back to Persia and the Sassanid Empire around 221 AD. It was originally called “Boteh Jegheh” and was created as a motif for Zoroastrianism religion. The design represents the Cypress Tree, which is a Zoroastrian symbol of life and eternity.  In modern Persia, Iran, paisley is still called “Boteh Jeghe” and is very popular. Paisley designs can be found on Persian carpets, curtains, jewelry, paintings, clothing, and variety of art works.   The...