Paisley, a twisted teardrop motif of Persian origin, is a centuries old pattern that is perpetually chic and relevant. Printed on paper or woven as a silk or cotton textile, paisley fabrics and wallpapers add dimension and beauty to any home. Variation in color and scale makes paisley a versatile pattern that can blend with any style of decor.
Autumn colors are often replicated in the burnt reds and deep orange hues of traditional paisleys. Get the look of this elegant living room with Ralph Lauren’s “Lakota Paisley,” a large scale paisley that pops as an accent piece of furniture. Add Duralee’s “42036 – Cherry,” a small scale paisley, as pinch pleat drapery for a refined finish that complements “Lakota.”
Use two different sizes of paisley in either the same color family or contrasting colors to create an up to date room using this ancient pattern. Add a monotone paisley to balance and introduce texture. We love Fabricut’s subtle woven paisley “Anghiari.”
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Wallpaper has provided a unique medium for the kidney-shaped motif. Update your room with a black and white oversized paisley like Cole & Son’s “Malabar.” The enlarged scale and stark coloring makes this print a modern and stylized addition to any room. Forever glamorous, black and white wallpaper looks great year after year. Accent the space with bright pillows and throws that can be switched out as seasons and trends change.
Cole & Son’s “Rajapur” is another exciting alternative to a conventional paisley. Available in bright purples and lime greens as well as neutral colors, “Rajapur’s” large repeat makes it an interesting and eye-catching backdrop for contemporary furniture in any color palette.
Schumacher’s new Luxe Lodge Wallpaper collection honors classical paisley in muted and solid colors. Appropriate for a ski lodge or a townhouse, “Sinclair Paisley’s” small details and neutral coloring create a modest background. Schumacher’s “Breckenridge Paisley” is an understated tone on tone paper that appears solid from a distance but has depth and embossed up close.
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Starting in 1664, the French port city of Marseille began importing Indian fabrics through the French Company of the West Indies. Originally, these fabrics were printed locally with Indian shapes. As they became more popular, the fabrics incorporated both Indian and French imagery including stripes with paisley medallions and local fruit and flowers. These Provencal fabrics became well known for their distinct colors and patterns.
Charlotte Moss, acclaimed interior designer, has collaborated with Fabricut to create a feminine and classic collection. Moss’s “Thalien” paisley is an unusual rendition of traditional French provincial paisleys, with the tear shape laying horizontally within the stripes as opposed to pointing vertically as is customary. Pair “Thalien” with a “Violet”, a floral toile to complete the French country look.
Ralph Lauren’s Artiste De la Mer collection combines provincial paisleys with coordinating nautical stripes for a truly Mediterranean feel. Complement “Boudin Paisley”, a classic West Indies meets France interpretation of the print, with “Silver Lake Stripe.” The navy, beige, and ochre-red coloring reflects the dyes typical of the Provence region.
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Left to Right: Bahia – Doe | Violet – Watermelon | Thalien – Melon | Boudin Paisley – Provence | Silver Lake Stripe – Navy
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