Dating paisley shawls
From India to Europe via the East India Company The East India Company had the monopoly on delivering luxury goods to Britain from the East.
The Kashmir shawl, so highly prized that it was often the gift of choice for nobility, was quickly appreciated by officers in the East India Company.
Paisley Abbey Dating back more than 850 years, the stunning Paisley Abbey is recognised as the cradle of the Royal House of Stewart.
It is the birthplace of Robert II of Scotland, the first of the Stewart monarchs.
The town centre has the highest concentration of listed buildings anywhere in Scotland outwith Edinburgh.
When women shopped for shawls, they would choose from a selection of “Paisleys” – the word referring both to the actual shawl and its distinctive pattern.It was a centre of learning, and it is believed William Wallace was educated at the abbey by the monks.It also has a gargoyle that has been modelled to look like one of the monsters of the film ‘Alien’, thought to be the handiwork of a cheeky stone mason during refurbishment work in the 1990s, and a stained glass window by Daniel Cottier, who influenced Louis Comfort Tiffany.The fountain was fully restored in 2015 and is the only fully function cast-iron fountain in Scotland.Brown’s Lane Come face-to-face with some of Paisley’s VIPs in the town’s Brown’s Lane.