Friday, April 23, 2010

Pink Paisley ~ Transferware, Pillows & History

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 I've always liked most anything with a Paisley design. For Pink Saturday, I'm sharing a little about Paisley.  Did you know that the name given to the widely recognizable print comes from the town in Scotland from which it received its name?
The modern name comes from the town that produced the design the most, that of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

The Paisley pattern can be traced back to India in the first half of the 17th century where the East India Company produced the designs. It was during the 19th century that the production increased after soldiers returning from the colonies brought home with them wool shawls from India. 

I found some pretty pinks with Paisley Designs for Pink Saturday.
First I am sharing the new pillow covers I got at Swoon Studio, an Etsy shop specializing in hand made pillow covers.  I saw these and loved the muted olives, taupes and pinks.  They just arrived today and I love my paisley pillow covers.  If you've got some pillows you want to freshen up or change seasonally these are perfect...or buy new ones to fill these covers.  Swoon Studio has alot of great pillow designs including French birds, damasks, rustic florals and more.  Mine are made from a linen-cotton blend and trimmed in a suede piping.   I could easily purchase several sets to interchange pillows for different looks.

Paisleys can also be found on transferware.  Here is a pink transferware platter by Johnsons Brothers...pattern name...Paisley.  It's very popular!  I have a few pieces in my Etsy shop in other colors.

and a bone china cup and saucer by Royal Standard of England

James Kent of England produced this pretty pink transferware's the same pattern as above.  Some very old patterns were produced by several different companies until the Registration of Designs Act was established in 1842.  My guess is that this is a very old pattern!

I'm linking up to Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
If you like Pink...then this is the place to be every Saturday.

and to

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  1. LOVE this! Pink rocks and, well, how can you beat transfer ware in paisley! I am a huge Johnson Bros. fan!!
    Thanks for all the info!
    Hugs, Lisa

  2. I love how your colors and patterns blend and match so beautifully. Those pinks and reds are gorgeous together.

  3. Your new pillows are just stunning. I love paisley. Your transferware is beautiful too. Both are some of my favorites. Hugs, Marty

  4. Great post. I've always loved the pattern, but never knew there was a history behind paisley!

    - The Tablescaper

  5. I love the intricate design of paisley... yours are gorgeous!!! happy PS!

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  6. Love your pillows.They are so beautiful.

    Happy Pink Saturday!!

  7. Your new pillows are superb, and set out on your comfy chairs it looks SO inviting. I've always loved paisley pattern and remember as a small child my Mom had a dress in yellow paisley which I used to call her 'banana pattern' frock! (I always was a bit nuts...)

  8. Welcome to Pink Saturday. Your pillows are beautiful and your plates gorgeous

  9. I've always loved paisley and lately have found myself drawn to pinks and always white. I'm off to check out that shop!
    xoxo Pattie

  10. So many pretties, great post.

  11. Nancy, those pillows are gorgeous! I've never been to that Etsy. Thanks for the link. I'm going to go check it out. As always, you've shown some beautiful pieces of china, and I enjoyed learning the history of paisley. Thanks so much for linking this to Favorite Things Sat. laurie

  12. I know and absolutely LOVE that paisley fabric on your pillows!!!! A very pretty post!

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  14. Gorgeous! Thank you so much for the history. I didn't know. Happy Pink Saturday!

  15. Hello, Nancy,
    Your pillows are pretty as can be and look wonderful on your chairs. I enjoyed hearing some of the history of paisley, too. Your transferware is stunning! Have a very happy Pink Saturday and lovely weekend, my friend! Vicki

  16. Paisleys and plaids: perfect! Beautiful photos!
    It's easy to see why you fell in love with the patterns!


  17. Wow, beauty AND information in one lovely post. Enjoyed it so. Happy PS!

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  18. Very pretty pillows.
    The dish is beautiful!

  19. What lovely dishes. I saw a blue pattern today similar to this with gold trim at an estate sale and almost bought was only service for four and I decided against it.

    Have a wonderful day!


  20. I love the platter in the last shot! I've always loved paisley but it's especially pretty in pink.

  21. What beautiful pillows and what a great idea to buy covers rather than buying new pillows all of the time!!

  22. I love the old English china pattern, its so beautiful and it makes me wonder how old the design is and who created it. Nice blog btw, thankyou for stopping by mine last week :)


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