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As you might have already noticed (here and here) , I am a big fan of paisleys. Guess what, they are back with a bang! Ok, I guess I should add, in the US. Back in ma neck of the woods they’ve always been in vogue. Nothing spells India like paisley; everything from clothes, to bedding, to rugs, to jewelery is adorned with paisleys. As kids we used to to call it the ‘manga’ aka. mango shape.
For the uninitiated, the paisley is a tear drop or a twisted droplet motif (it does look like an upside down mango) of Persian origin. It has been widely used in South and Central Asia for centuries and was introduced to the Western world by the British through their imports of Indian textiles. Now that you’ve had your fill of Paisley history, ready for a window shopping trip?
Let’s start off with a subdued paisley before we ease into full blown color explosion, which is what paisleys have usually been associated with. For the folks who like to keep it simple (and ahem..ahem…costly) Anthropologie has this bedding.
In the same mood are these Mehndi Paisley squares (Etsy), painted on 6 x 6 canvas with a copper background.
Pottery Barn also has some subdued paisleys in the form of linen sheers.
If you are into wall stencils like me then you’ll like these Paisley stencils from Royal Design Studios. You could try your luck in the give away coming up in a few weeks.
Ok, you do like the wall art idea but don’t have the patience to stencil? Then how about some wall decals? But there is a catch, be prepared for more color.
1. Pretty Paisley Dots Wall Decals from Amazon
2. WallPOPs 13 in. Paisley Please Dot – Blue/Green Wall Applique from Home Depot
I know…..by now you are screaming, “Gimme some color!” Here ya go, is this right up your alley (courtesy Pier 1)?
Feeling the love yet? How about this Paisley Wool Rug from Overstock?
The easiest way to bring in the paisley to your home is through throw pillows. Listing just a few.
1. Aurora Paisley Pillow Covers from Pottery Barn
2. Turquoise Blue Paisley Decorative Pillow Cover from pillowplush on Etsy
3. Peri Paisley Outdoor Pillow again from Pottery Barn (on clearance)
4. Paisley 18×18 Decorative Pillow Cover from StacieAnn on Etsy
FYI: Checkout Pier 1. It’ll take me 3 days to post all the paisley stuff you can find there.
Now for the one that I would like to DIY, this abstract paisley painting from HJTDesigns on Etsy.
Ending with the pièce de résistance (at least for moi). How adorable is this paisley deer head from BananaTreeStudios on Etsy?
Wish it was cheaper!!! 🙁 Hmm….may be I could take a crack at DIY’ing this. If only I could get my hands on a cheap fake deer head! Have you spotted one by any chance?
I love Paisley too and got good collection too 🙂
Regarding the Deer head….go to Road kill cook off festival in West Virginia….they will offer you for free 😉
Thank u. Would love to see/feature yours. 🙂 About the deer head, seriously? Do they give it for free? The ones I saw at the Lucketts spring market were over $200! MMmm…..maybe it is worth the 4hr drive then? Not sure if I want a real one though would be happy with a fake. Have you been there? Sounds interesting.
Kimberly from Serendipity Refined says
Paisley is one of my favorite ways to decorate for autumn! As for your deer head (keeping in mind that you’d HAVE to paint it), here’s one that I’m considering, to spray paint white, for Christmas http://www.amazon.com/Point-Buck-Deer-Head-Hanging/dp/B0032JQ082
Thanks a ton for the link! It had completely skipped my mind to check on amazon. That is a great one, painted white of course. 🙂 Don’t like the shipping $ though. I’ll add it to my watch list, maybe there will be a free shipping deal sometime in the future. I also found this link through amazon, the cardboard head. Would look cool painted white or any other color.
Ahhhhh, Paisleys. I love them so much. I had a specific paisley-pattern art in mind for a long time but could not find anything similar in the local stores, and online things were out of my budget. Inspired by your post on DIY art, I got hold of a canvas and drew it myself. It is now hanging in my home and I feel so good every time I see it 🙂 I am also thinking of doing more such patterns and making something big like the second last pic in your post 🙂
Wow! Would love to see your DIY art. Would make a reader showcase feature. 😉
My dad always hated paisley… He thought the little teardrop shapes were reminiscent of sperm. I wish I could enjoy it for what it is without being reminded of his opinion.
Vidya Sukumaran says
🙂 My hubby is not a huge fan either. 🙂