The paisley pattern has a long history! The pattern is believed to have originated in Babylon and is the growing shoot of the palm date tree. In ancient times the palm tree was considered the tree of life as it was the source for many things including: food, wine, wood, thatch and paper. The pattern is also thought to represent life and eternity.
In the early 1800's the town of Paisley, Scotland became well known for their woven shawls boosting the ancient pattern. The shawls and pattern were both referred to as 'Paisleys'. Victorians were the first to replicate the paisley on to buttons.