I love patterns on upholstered pieces although I recognize that they need to be carefully planned and integrated. The bold use of patterns is a good thing - it shows confidence and provides an element of interest and intrigue. Few patterns have thad the sustaining power of paisleys. Here's a little bit of history:
In doing this research, I learned that the word "Paisley" comes from a mill in Scotland where it had been manufactured for some time. There are many, many versions of paisley and they come in all colors of the rainbow - some are depicted above. Others have been added to my "fabrics pinterest board" - link. They are very trendy now and may always have been trendy - the colors and patterns work so well in so many settings.Paisley is a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian and Indian origin. It resembles a twisted teardrop that is kidney-shaped. When it is made into a pattern, it is sometimes called “Persian pickles” by American traditionalists, especially when it is designed on quilts and textiles. There are many stories about the origin of paisley. But whatever they are, one thing is clear—it has gone a long way and it has influenced many designs around the globe. You can see paisleys in textiles, wallpapers, and many others. They usually come in patterns and are sometimes called boteh, palme, ambi or carrey. link to article
I have several paisley fabrics in my "fabric room" and haven't used it as often as I should. It is trendy and never looses its edginess. I will have to double up on my efforts to use this great pattern.
Here are the few pieces I have with a paisley fabric - both heavy woven fabrics!
|The top chair also has an ottoman and is done in a nice great pattern - the bottom club chair is upholstered in brown and dark cream - both great looks!|