Boteh Jehgeh, or “ancient motif” more commonly known as paisley has a mysterious origin causing much speculation for its early meaning and mythology surrounding its symbolism. With experts contesting different time periods for its emergence, to understand the proliferation in the popularity of Boteh Jehgeh design and eventually Paisley, it is important to understand South Asian history. The early Indo-Iranian people flourished in South Asia, where, they eventually exchanged linguistic, cultural, and even religious similarities. The ancient Indo-Iranian people shared a religion called Zoroastrianism. Zoroastrianism, some experts argue, served as one of the earliest influences for Boteh Jegeh’s design with the shape representing the cypress tree, an ancient zoroastrian religious symbol. Others contest that the earliest representation of the patterns shape comes from the Sassanid Dynasty, who lived in modern-day Iran, dating to more than 2,200 years before the common era and remained in power until the 3rd century common era. The design was representative of a tear drop. Some will argue that Boteh Jehgeh’s origins stem from old religious beliefs and its meaning could symbolize the sun, a phoenix, or even an ancient Iranian religious sign for an eagle. Around the same time, a pattern called Boteh was gaining popularity in Iran, the pattern was a floral design, and was used as a high class decoration, mostly serving to decorate royal items that belonged to those of high status. It was said to have been a pattern worn to represent elite social status, such as that of nobility. The pattern was traditionally woven onto silk clothing using silver and gold material. The earliest evidence of the design being traded with other cultures was found at the red sea, where it is predicted that the earliest trades took place as far back as the 15th century, with both Egyptian and Greek peoples.