Ian Mongtgomery notes:
As a Paisley buddy you've got me upset and just before I go to
Paisley. Please, use upper case P, the pattern refers to one that was
designed and originally manufactured in Paisley. Paisley is a small town in
the west of Scotland, once famous for cotton and weaving. The weavers made
silk and cotton shawls enriched with the Paisley pattern. It's also famous
for poets and beautiful women. Two miles west is the village of Elderslie,
birth place of Scotland's most famous son, William Wallace.
Thursday rant over, I'm away home.
Paisley designs were certainly perfected and long manufactured in the Scots town of Paisley,
in the mid 19th century.
The basic "Paramecium paisleyi" motif is however of southern Asian origin, and antedates
the 19th century. It seems to have originally depicted a drooping plant or tree.
Transitional forms between the drooping plant and the fully developed Paramecium paisleyi
are still to be seen in tribal rugs and fabrics - I've assembled a collection of photos
of them in the last few years.
The fully developed Paramecium paisleyi reminds me of those things that appear in my
eyes right before a migraine attack, or perhaps to one of those pharmacologic states of
mind some of us listened to Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band to,
back when that was new...
The woods of Arcady are dead,
and over is their antique joy... (Yeats)
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