The lovely paisley pattern can be traced back to about 221 AD. It was first created in Persia during the Sassanid Empire. The pattern was referred to as “Boteh Jegheh” and was an important symbol in the Zoroastrianism religion (was a very popular religion in the Sassanid Empire).
The pattern is supposed to represent the Cypress tree. The Cypress tree also has important symbolism in the Zoroastrianism religion. The Cypress tree is a symbol of life and eternity.
Most paisley print that is found over in Persia is on the beautiful persian rugs, but people still use the pattern on clothes, curtains, paintings, and other forms of art.
The paisley pattern spread to many other Asian countries. It became very popular in the Moghul period between 1526- 1764. The pattern was heavily used by the Moghul people. Princesses wore dresses with the pattern on them and so did the princes.
During the 1600’s, paisley print started to show up on shawls. Then with the help of the East India Company, the paisley pattern became very popular in the 17th century. By the 1800’s, there were weavers in a town in Scotland called Paisley that became the primary producer of the patterned shawls, hence the name paisley pattern.
In the early 1900’s, the paisley shawl was the hot item to have. It seemed that everyone wanted to have a paisley shawl. It became so popular, that the paisley print was one of the first patterns to get copyrighted. Designers started copyrighting their paisley designs, and this was the first example of copyright protection in the creative field.
Then with the printing technology that was created in the 19th century, factories were able to mass produce the print, and the appeal of the paisley shawl declined.
Then in the 1960’s, the paisley print became popular once again. The pattern was associated with being rebellious. The print was non- conforming with the fashion trends and so many of the “rebellious” people flocked to get paisley printed clothes. The Beatles became very interested in the paisley print, and John Lennon loved it so much that he painted his Rolls- Royce paisley. With The Beatles wearing paisley, the pattern once again became the pattern to wear.
Ever since, paisley has been in and out of the fashion world, but the appeal of the print has not gone away. The paisley pattern is a timeless pattern that looks great and is fun.
At Beehive Bow Ties, we have a number of paisley bow ties. Paisley bow ties are very busy, so people will take notice of you and your bow tie. If you want to look at our collection of paisley bow ties click here and find the one that is right for you!