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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Sma’ Shot Cottages
To get an idea of the life led by textile industry workers, visit the Sma' Shot Cottages. These re-creations of…Learn More >
Paisley's 12th-century abbey dominates the town center. Founded as a Cluniac monastery and almost completely destroyed by the English in…Learn More >
The full story of the pattern and of the innovative weaving techniques introduced in Paisley is told in the Paisley…Learn More >