The word ‘paisley’ is known as the name of the teardrop or tadpole shape pattern, used in fashion and across a wide range of everyday domestic goods and gift items. The Paisley Pattern can be traced back to the Indo-European cultures of 2,000 and more years ago. In Britain the pattern is represented in Celtic art, which died out in Europe under the influence of the Roman Empire. In India the motif was first used on shawls in the Indian province of Kashmir, and introduced into Britain by the East India Company in the mid 18th century.

In recent times the image of the paisley design has perhaps been seen as rather old fashioned but it is making a come back both in its traditional folk guise and a more modern twist.  Here are a just a few of my favorite picks

Image of room with footstool covered in paisley patterned fabric

Paisley design fabric in coral colour

The parmir fabric by Nina Campbell is a contemporary take on the traditional tear drop design and comes in four colourways. I love the coral colour which would look great pared with grey. It shown as upholstery on the universal footstool at Multiyork.



bohemian-printed-hand-towel-matalan This bohemian patterned towel from Matalan represents the folk vibe and the burgundy and navy colours are perfect for Autumn. I can never resist adding to my collection of towels, if you have a plain bath towel then using a patterned hand or guest towel is a very easy and cheap way of making a change











This butterfly interpretation of the paisley design by Patrick Moriarty is so pretty and continues the trend for butterflies and other insect life in interiors that we have seen for a while now. I also like the blue/ grey colourway






Paisley patterned wallpaper in turquoise and yellow   The Rajapur design wallpaper from Cole & Son comes in a 11 colourways. This striking turquoise would make a great feature wall or a more neutral shade could be used in a whole room. Codes 66 – 5035 and 66-5039.

Paisley design wallpaper in neutral







I love the teardrop shape bowls by ceramacist Tina Vlassopulos. The large version is £80 and the small £25.They loo36cm x 26cm x 9cm Hk good as a fruit bowl as shown but are stunning on their own.






I have really enjoyed exploring this trend and it has given me a fresh insight into this design. If you would like advice on any aspect of how to create the interior of your dreams contact us now on 07745 876182 or e mail us on or complete the contact form below. We cover Cheshire and the North West

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