The design motif known as paisley in the west is taken from the ancient Aryan boteh (botteh) motif. Boteh is a Persian word meaning bush, shrub, a thicket (a small dense forest of small trees or bushes), bramble, herb, a palm leaf, and flower bud.
The earliest surviving examples of the boteh motif in the weavings of
The western name for the boteh motif is taken from Paisley, a town in western
Scotland (now a western suburb of ) which had once specialized in the production of scarves and shawls (from the Persian word shal) decorated with the boteh motif. Glasgow
Weavers in the town of
Other articles on the boteh also link the motif to the
Cypress and to the significance of the as a tree of life in Zoroastrian folkloric tradition. In addition, the boteh motif is sometimes referred to as the flame of Zoroaster. Cypress
There are a variety of different forms of the boteh motif. These different forms could also be related derived shapes and they can sometimes be seen within the same design, be it on fabric, a carpet or an engraving.