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Putting Names to Popular Textile Patterns

Do you ever wonder how so many textiles end up with similar-looking patterns; patterns that appear on <a title="Area Rugs" href="http://www.atgstores.com/rugs_938.html?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">rugs</a>, <a title="Curtains &amp; Drapes" href="http://www.atgstores.com/curtains-drapes_1619.html?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">drapery</a>, clothing and the like?</br></br>There’s a memorable sequence in the film <em>The Devil Wears Prada</em> wherein frosty Miranda Priestly (played by Meryl Streep) lectures Andy (played by Anne Hathaway) on the origin of cerulean blue in the fashion industry – how it “filtered down” from designer, to department store, to discount store and, finally, to mass consumption.</br></br>While somewhat exaggerated, it’s a teachable moment about how colors and patterns are born, grow and then mature in our culture. The film’s focus is a contemporary development, but many familiar patterns have been passed down over the centuries in similar fashion, so to speak.</br></br>Here are a few famous patterns you may find in your favorite textiles:</br></br><strong>Paisley</strong></br></br>This pattern is <em>old</em> – just so very super old. It began life in Persia’s Sassanid Dynasty almost 2,000 years ago and was first called <em>Boteh Jegheh</em>, a type of floral motif. It wasn’t until travelers and commerce brought the pattern to the United Kingdom that it got the name “paisley.”</br></br><a title="Paisley Pillows" href="http://www.atgstores.com/paisley/pillow-perfect-537054-outdoor-tamara-paisley-quartz-corded-square-throw-pillow-set-of-2_g1829550.html" rel="attachment wp-att-23377" target="_blank"><img class=" wp-image-23377 " title="Paisley Pillow" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/paisleypillow-300x300.jpg" alt="Paisley Pillows" width="213" height="213" /></a> </br></br>While the name may have changed, the wilted teardrop shape has not. It appears in countless colors and embellishments, but the basic structure remains the same.</br></br><strong>Argyle</strong></br></br>Socks! That’s what you were thinking. But, the familiar diamond pattern appears on much more than just socks … and sweater vests. Given its history, though, it’s not surprising it crops up so frequently in fancy fashion finery.</br></br><a title="Argyle Backpack" href="http://www.atgstores.com/argyle/jworld-rbs-18-argyle-sunrise-rolling-backpack_g1510527.html" target="_blank"><img class=" wp-image-23386 " title="Argyle Backpack" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/argylebackpack-300x300.jpg" alt="Argyle Backpacks" width="219" height="219" /></a> </br></br>Argyle is a descendent of the tartan pattern worn by the Clan Campbell of Argyll in Scotland as far back as the 17th century. Hardcore highlanders to the hilt, the pattern was – and continues to be – popular among contemporary nobles and any who wish to be considered as such.</br></br><strong>Fleur-de-Lis</strong></br></br>The fleur-de-lis, loosely translated as “flower-lily” in French, has also been around for quite a while, although its design leads to some speculation as to its exact origin. In other words, it looks kinda like a flower, and lots of different people all over the world have been drawing flowers on things for a long time, so … um … yeah.</br></br>&nbsp;</br></br><a title="Fleur-de-Lis Designs" href="http://www.atgstores.com/general/united-weavers-550-33697-china-garden-area-rug-fleur-de-lis_g1358662.html" target="_blank"><img class=" wp-image-23405 " title="Fleur-de-Lis Rug" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/fleurdelisrug1-300x300.jpg" alt="Fleur-de-Lis Rugs" width="219" height="219" /></a> </br></br>The earliest depictions are tied to the European royalty of 1,000 years ago, although there are hints from even earlier periods that can’t be fully confirmed due to similarities with other prominent designs of the time that included sheaves of corn and spearheads.
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