Paisley Prints: From Ancient Persia To Today

Raise your hand if you like a good paisley print! **Stretches hand to the ceiling** Thought so! Bold, boho and always on trend, we would be as mad as a hatter if we didn’t welcome this print into our home with open arms.

But what if I gave you a bit of a paisley pop quiz? Where does it originate from? Are their meanings behind the prints? Luckily, I’ve scrubbed up on my paisley knowledge and am ready to serve you with a brief history of these punchy prints.

So read on for all and everything about paisley prints…

The Origin Of Paisley Prints


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Ok… so this one is a bit of a shocker… often being associated with ethnic prints and bohemian culture, we would perhaps expect the word paislet to originate from India or the far East.Guess again, these babies the world paisley itself originates from **insert drum roll* Scotland!

Better known for haggis and tartan, the Scots are certainly the Einstein’s of the print world. Paisley is named after the town of, well, ahem, Paisley in Western Scotland. The town had a large factory that produced these prints.

Although many may give the Scot’s credit for paisley itself, the actual print originated from ancient Persian culture. The original floral motif dates waaay back to 200-650 AD during the rule of the Sassanians.

Azerbaijani researchers believe that the print comes from the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism and remains the national symbol of Azerbaijan to this day.

Paisley patterns came to the west in the 18th Century, predominately from the region of Kashmir in India, and the prints became a status symbol for rich, Western individuals.


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Due to the region of Kashmir being the predominant provider of this funky print, India became synonymous with the paisley. The paisley is often associated with Indian philosophies and cultures.

In later years, it became a symbol of an artistic, alternative lifestyle and of rebellion. It featured in the artistic works of The Pre-Raphalites, a rebellious art movement that wished to take art back to it’s detailed and complex forms and away from the ‘mechancisms’ of the Mannerist artists.

Paisley print was famously worn by rebellious author Oscar Wilde, who stated: “One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art”. (Source:

The Meaning Of Paisley Prints

The original Persian motif, know as a buta, is a symbol of life and eternity. In Zoroastrianism, the paisley was thought to represent a flora spray and a cypress tree.

In India and in Buddhism, the paisley is associated with fertility, due to its seed-like shape. This meaning has transcended into modern culture, with many believing that the print represents both fertility and the tree of life.

Paisley Prints In Modern Culture


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Paisley prints sprang back into fashion during the youth culture revolt of the 1960s. Associated with the psychodelic hippy movement, paisleys were seen on The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Beatles. In fact, John Lennon even had a Paisley Painted Rolls-Royce!

Paisley also had a significant role in homosexual culture in both the 60s and 70s. In San Francisco, gay men invented ‘the handkerchief codes’, in which they sported a paisley handkerchief in their back pocket to state their sexuality.


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Paisley prints in the 60s and 70s undoubtedly shaped our views about this print today, which is commonly known for it’s boho vibes and multicultural elements. Lucky for us paisley lovers, the print is currently right at the top of the trend charts! Wear it on you, style your home with it…. it’s time to embrace paisley in all its pretty glory!

Styling Paisley For Your Home

If you like your decor to be wild, colorful and free, you NEED some paisley print in your abode. To keep it looking chic and modern, I suggest opting for pops of paisley print in amongst solid colors and textures.


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Now this is boho-minimal done perfectly! Scandi shapes and clean whites make way for that statement paisley print bedding.


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If you prefer your paisley in high doses, this exotic bathroom will be right up your alley! Teamed with an exotic, statement mirror, this bathroom will truly bring the east to your home.

Our Paisley Picks

Ready for a paisley fix? Here at Banarsi Designs we are all about that paisley! With all products hand crafted in India, you are getting the real deal too! Here’s our top paisley picks to give your home that boho edge!


From top left: floral paisley placemats, paisley embroidered pillow cover, jacquard paisley table runner, paisley leaf pillow cover, chic jacquard table runner

Don’t you just feel like a paisley expert? Stay tuned for part two, when we look at paisley in fashion!


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Decor Inspiration: India’s Most Beautiful Palaces

If the world were to give a medal to its most vibrant country, India would undeniably be in the running. With grand architecture such as the Taj Mahal making it a dreamy and exotic tourist destination, India certainly has a lot to offer when it comes to wanderlust.

One of the most unique and stunning aspects of India are its lavish and colourful palaces. Just stepping into one of these magnificent places makes you feel as though you have stepped back in time.

Although India is home to a whopping 71 palaces, we have selected the most beautiful ones for you to feast your eyes on!

Here’s the most beautiful palaces India has the offer, alongside home décor inspired by them…

Jaipur City Palace


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Located in the capital of India’s Rajasthan State and in the center of ‘the pink city’, Jaipur Palace is a mish-mash of Rajput, Mughpal and European architectural styles. The palace was built between 1729 and 1732 and was originally inhabited by Maharaja of Jaipur, who was the King of the Kachwaha Rajput clan. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction, with part of the palace acting as a museum.

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The Chandra Mahal acts as the home of the current royal family. With golden embellished pillars and ceilings with adornments of deep ruby and emerald, this part of the palace is certainly fit for royalty! Embroidered rugs in vermilion and gold perfectly line the floor, whilst oversized crimson pillow compliment the mahogany doors. Don’t expect to see a tiger here if you visit, this fellow was cleverly super-imposed by the photographer!

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Line your floors with the hand embroidered table runner for an easy royal upgrade.

Recreate the palaces detailed ceiling in your home with the hand embroidered brocade pillow cover.


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This section of the Chandra Mahal embraces a more cool palette. Although it is undeniably still as vivid and vibrant as the red-toned part, this combination of azure and soft gold has a more soothing effect.

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Sleep like royalty underneath the calm tones of the hand embroidered 7 piece duvet cover set.

Or if the walls inspire you, use the ornamental blossom table runner as a statement wall hanging.

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Mysore Palace


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Built in 1892 in India’s Southern region of Karnataka, Mysore Palace is now India’s most second popular tourist attraction after the Taj Mahal. With a combination of Hindu, Gothic and Muslim architectural styles, the popularity of this stunning palace barely comes as a surprise. Despite it’s tourism success, it still remains property of the royal family and has housed the Maharajas of Mysore since its construction.


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A conglomeration of vibrant colors, prints and textures make this palace a truly magnificent sight to see. Angel encrusted pillars and floral- dotted walls lead directly towards the golden throne itself. The colors and patterns are cleverly placed to gradually go from warm tones to cool, with a red-toned floor, red, aqua and golden pillars and a blue and green ceiling.

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Embrace the palaces clashing colors with the blue and red toned floral pillow embroidered cover.

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Or go for a more understated, but equally regal air with the luxurious artistry table runner.


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The stunning ceiling of the Public Durbar Hall gives across an abstract image of the sun and the sky. Intricately guilded with a textured gold frame, it seamlessly stems into a flower-dotted gold beam surrounded by vibrant mint.

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Our exotic oriental pillow cover perfectly captures the air of this stunning ceiling

Bangalore Palace


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Home to the current Mysore royal family, the Bangalore Palace has recently undergone a renovation. Although it still holds elements of its gothic roots close to its heart, the palace grounds now contain lavish amenities, including an amusement park and a concert ground.


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This room is a perfect mish-mash of modern décor and classic Indian elements. The hanging chandeliers and wooden floors bring a more Western element to the contrasting decorated ceiling and walls. The earthy tones of ochre, green and wood make it less vivid than other Indian temples, but equally as beautiful.

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Juxtapose the old and new in your kitchen with the shimmering spiral placemats and the hawthorn leaf table runner.



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The courtyard has undeniable Spanish and Arabic influences. Stone turrets and mosaic floors give this décor an incredibly multi-cultural vibe, not to mention the classic Tudor stone walls surrounding it.

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Go for a mystical Moroccan vibe with our velvet sparkle throw pillow cover

Taj Lake Palace


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This lavish ‘floating’ palace in Udaipur was originally built as a Winter palace for Maharana Jagat Singh III. Set on the small island of Jag Niwas, it is now a luxury hotel and was recently voted ‘the most romantic hotel in the world.’ Keeping it’s luxurious Palace décor in play, its guests include actress Nicole Kidman and Sir Mick Jaggar. It also grew in popularity after featuring in the 1983 James Bond movie ‘Octopussy’.


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With an architectural style inspired by the history of Udaipur, this arched Grand Presidential Suite is sure to make its guests feel like royalty. Jacquard printed fabrics and silky textures ensure that it remains true to the palaces heritage.

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This one is all about clashing jacquard prints. Opt for our damask table runner and jacquard floral pillow covers in orange and blue tones.



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The Grand Royal Suite takes a more modern approach to Indian Palace décor. The braised wood bed head and serenity-hued sofas have a modern air of elegance to them, which is beautifully woven into the more classic elements of the room. Carved stone elephants and golden guilded doors and mirrors allow the guest to step back into the time of the palaces Royal inhabitants.

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A golden embroidered bedding set is regal, yet timeless.

The exotic oriental pillow cover will pop perfectly from a neutral palette.

Which palace is your favorite?

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