|PAINTING ON A WOODEN SLAB PLUS PAISLEY FABRIC. ARTIST JOLIE STAHL REFERENCES THE KEELING HOUSE, VIRGINIA BEACH, CIRCA 1740.|
After the first appearance of the woven paisley shawl in 17th century Kashmir, some citizens of the Middle East expanded shawl usage for the home. They hung shawls as wall coverings for warmth and beauty, placed them over windows and doors as shelter from the sun and used border strips to accent shelves .Shawls were spread on the ground for lush banquets. In the late days of the 19th century, retailers sourcing The East India Trading Company, developed an Empire cache by popularizing paisley upholstery and wall covering. And of course, there was the ubiquitous shawl that got draped over the grand piano.