An oriental pattern, known in Asia as the boteh, which is shaped like a teardrop and rounded at one end with a curving point at the other. Generally, the inside of the teardrop shape contains many abstract designs, many of Indian or oriental origin, which are either bright or dull in color. Traditionally used on cashmere shawls imported to Europe from India, it was an important decorative motif in imitation cashmere shawls made in Paisley, Scotland and it is from this usage that the name is derived. Also used on some oriental rugs and on other fabrics as a typically Indian design.
Phyllis G. Tortora, Ingrid Johnson The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Textiles 8th Edition