This 112-year-old archive comes to us from the Art Nouveau period, a time that ranged from the 1890s to 1910.  Art Nouveau was inspired by natural forms and structures, particularly curved lines of plants and flowers.


This is when the paisley design became popular. Paisley was named after a town in Renfrewshire, Scotland that was popular for imitations of the paisley motif from traditional Persian designs. Paisley is an integral part of the Art Nouveau movement, as it signified artsy, bohemian opulence. This design was most popular with celebrities and high-end designers because of it’s flamboyant, “look at me” sort of feel.

This specific paisley fabric is made of wool with a brushed surface on the back which tells us it was most likely used for a shawl.