Paisley

The industrial prosperity of Paisley came from textiles and, in particular, from the woolen paisley shawl. The internationally recognized paisley pattern is based on the shape of a palm shoot, an ancient Babylonian fertility symbol brought from Kashmir. Today you can explore this history at several attractions.

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Paisley Abbey

Paisley's 12th-century abbey dominates the town center. Founded as a Cluniac monastery and almost completely destroyed by the English in…

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Paisley Museum

The full story of the pattern and of the innovative weaving techniques introduced in Paisley is told in the Paisley…

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Sma’ Shot Cottages

To get an idea of the life led by textile industry workers, visit the Sma' Shot Cottages. These re-creations of…

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