I’ve been fascinated with paisley forever and in my very eclectic home it works perfectly in many ways from draping the back of a chair, to pillows, to the layering of authentic vintage pieces, Ralph Lauren textiles, and modern fashion shawls on my day bed (I’ll feature the “made” bed in another post, it is a pillow explosion!!!!) to many other renditions of the paisley pattern.
In the above illustration you see how the paisley shawl was worn during Victorian Times. While watching the superb second season finale of VICTORIA on PBS (having planned on doing this post for a long time) I was thrilled to see the Queen pick up a paisley shawl and wrap it around her shoulders….heaven!!!
Paisley’s origin goes back centuries in India, Iran and other countries but the name came from where it was manufactured in the 19th Century, Paisley, Scotland. Just as Queen Elizabeth II attended her first fashion show during London Fall 2018 Fashion Week to present the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Richard Quinn, she also made a huge endorsement to the British fashion industry. The same was true of Queen Victoria. This being said the royal presence and seal of approval is a huge boom to any industry in the UK.
Some examples of paisley in clothing
Wooden paisley fabric stamp
Above images from Pinterest photo credit unknown
There are many sites and articles and, of course, books where you will find more information on this glorious pattern. I wanted to share my own collection in my home as well as share some from my Pinterest account where you will find many more examples.
One of my window ledges with vintage bamboo shelves (mostly holding novels and to be read books) collectibles (of course, many treasures found at Randolph Street Market ) and festooned with a vintage paisley fragment next to antique lace panels backed by two panels of green drapery, one silk one velvet perhaps overkill, to me not too much!!!! Linda Heister helped me get the drape exactly right…took a bit of time with me standing on my build-in daybed and adjusting all the elements just so! She also gave me 4 pillows also made from vintage paisley fragments. They are unadorned, I will, at some point in time, do some trim.
The elements of the top of my painted antique French daybed one of my first purchases for my room when I was in high school. One piece I would always keep. The upper right you can see a peek of the base which is a fitted sheet from a long ago Ralph Lauren linen collection (I have several just in case one wears out) the stripe is a mix of pattern (I often use it as a table cloth especially for Christmas time dinners) on the bottom left the tradition paisley pattern which layers over the stripe and the black banded piece is a challis shawl from a Gloria Sachs outfit (worked with her on many personal appearance trunk shows at Saks Fifth Avenue, Chicago). The outfit was three pieces, jacket, slim skirt and this shawl each a different paisley coordinating pattern, loved it, wore it, wish I had it now…more to the point wish I could fit into it now! At least I can enjoy, and wear the shawl!
This pillow sham is at the head of my bed and holds my guest bed pillow love the combination of paisley patterns Interesting assortment….actually three paisleys the base is yet another vintage fragment that I used to “upholster” a love seat in the library area of my apartment, a few of my vintage pillows and two bolsters one more vintage paisley and the smaller piece made from a watered velvet paisley that I found in a remnant bin that I also had upholstered on my antique dining chairs (my point here is don’t walk away if there are holes, tears, small amount yardage, think of how you can use them in your decor…use your imagination and creativity). The lily of the valley rug drapped over the caned settee is one of my many needlepoint projects. Most of my pieces I do from charts rather than painted pieces. I will do a story on my needlework later (of course I will!!!!!)
I showed you this pillow in another post it was a gift from my friend and former boss, Michael Hawley (you can check the nenasnotes archives on his profile) he had it made for an Antiquity piece when he was at Gumps in San Francisco, yet another of my treasures. At the moment it resides on one of aforementioned watered velvet dining chairs.
A closeup of one of my many full paisley shawls (this one is on my “comfy sit in all the time” chair) it is in mint condition…not always easy to find, especially the centers which are often solid red or black, and usually quite pricey. I have gone that route but LOVE to find that illusive bargain. I actually found a beauty last summer at RSM! Love the treasure hunt, that is why I always look forward to the monthly Randolph Street Market. I don’t drive so can’t get to antique malls, etc. a joy that we can visit this always fascinating event right in the heart of the City….thank you Sally Schwartz!!
The above photos are my images
The above images are all from Pinterest photo credit unknown.
FROM NENA’S RECIPE BOX
I have done this recipe to rave reviews for years it is from the Life Picture Cookbook. I use leftover leg of lamb which I usually serve for Easter the recipe below call for lamb shoulder…choice is yours. You can substitute beef, veal or pork, I never have. I serve with small bowls of the following toppings…shredded fresh coconut, chutney, peanuts or pistachios, Golden raisons, chopped hard boiled eggs, perserved lemon slices, chopped green onions and lots of white rice. It serves 6. Does keep well if you have any left over it can be frozen without the add ons.
3 pounds lamb shoulder
1/4 cup flour
2 cloves minced garlic (I use the jarred garlic, which I love)
4 large white onions, sliced
3/4 cup butter
4 small apples, pared and chopped
4 Tablespoons curry powder (I use Spice Islands and probably add a bit more)
4 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
4 Tablespoons raisons
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
2 lemons sliced
4 Tablespoons shredded fresh coconut
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel
1 Tablespoon salt
Cut meat into 2-inch cubes, roll it in the flour. Sauté the garlic and onions in butter in a large skillet for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add meat and sauté for 10 minutes (less is using leftover lamb), stirring constantly. Add apples and curry powder. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the remaining ingredients and two cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour. The aroma is a killer!!! Serve over white rice and accompanying garnishes. Enjoy. Suggested wine…your choice but I would do a love a full bodied red Dessert I would do a fruit sorbet with season fruit and a slash of orange liqueur.
Love , love this article on paisley , always a favorite of mine just to look at and admire. I so enjoy waking up each morning and reading your wonderful stories Nena! By the way the lamb recipe sounds divine. Must try.
Hi my biggest fan…..I’m so pleased you enjoyed today’s post. Do the lamb curry it is a staple in my recipe box, it is really, really good.
Sooo imteresting AS ALWAYS!! And as always THANK YOU for the plug!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😘😘😘
Thanks and always my pleasure.