Paisley is a textile pattern, resembling a twisted droplet, which originated in Persia and India (although it’s name comes from Paisley, a town in central Scotland).
Paisley is known by many names. Among American traditionalists and quiltmakers, Paisley is known as “Persian pickles”. They also variously known as “Welsh pears”, “mango seeds”, and “cypress tree” (from which the design originated).
Paisley today can be found in many fabrics, especially those with Indian origin. They are also a common motif on handkerchiefs and bandannas, as well as neckties and the flourishes found in many t-shirt designs.
Because paisley is commonly found in bandannas, there is a slight hood/gangster association with paisley:
Despite this, paisley is a versatile pattern that if worn right can convey eliteness and a touch of exoticness:
Paisley is also a common pattern found in neckties:
Paisley in other clothing items: