Commisioned by Ian Paisley, in 1921, paisley was the result of experiments to make a robust wallpaper using leftover food. Paisley is quite specific in that it requires at least 40% mashed potato and 40% green vegetables (spinach works tremendously). The other 20% can be made up as required of left over meats, or brightly coloured vegetables.

Incidentally, this is precisely why old peoples houses always smell of dinner.

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