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Royal Purple


A Rustic Purple Picnic, accented by a bold yellow backsplash. (Here.)

A lavender garden in violaceous pots? Delicious. (Here.)

Seeing as though Purple and Yellow are exact opposites on the color wheel, basic color theory says that the two are good bedfellows! Opposites on the color wheel are always my go-to rule for creating visual interest and toying with the eye!  (Here.)

Goethe’s Basic Color Wheel, 1810


A rich purple bathroom hides a multitude of sins. (Here.)

Give me that table. Now. The whole room has a feeling of Dr. Seuss whimsy! (Here)

A sharp, and vividly colored focal wall actually tricks the eye in believing that the space is larger than it seems. Take that boring white!  (Here.)

It’s actually unfair how elegant and “modern day Versailles” this living room is. (Here.)

If it’s good enough for The Bard, it’s good enough for me. Loving the stacked box upcyling. (Here.)

Royal Purple, also known as Tyrian Purple or Imperial Purple is a a reddish/dark indigo dyestuff obtained from the bodies of certain mollusks (or Whelks) of the genus Murex and highly prized in ancient times. Originally this color was a deep crimson, or a bluish violet. Back in the day, and these dyes date back to about 1600 B.C., it took some 12,000 shellfish to extract 1.5 grams of the pure dye. Because the dye was so rare, it also became extremely expensive to procure. The Egyptians, Romans, and the Greeks decided to make this the official standard of imperial fashion because of its scarcity and expense.  It is also said, in mythology, that Heracles gave a piece of purple cloth as a gift to the King of Phoenix who declared it to be the royal color. This color was extremely rare for hundreds, almost thousands of years and continued to be worn by European aristocrats. To wear purple was to show your degree of worth. Boy that color is “rich” (Pun Groan).

Purple and Russet Potatoes are seriously almost too beautiful to eat. I hear they’re the best for mashing, and some can even be used as ink stampers. I would personally frame this as a print..maybe next to it a picture of Purple Taro, in my kitchen! (Here.)

Actual color of the Tyrian Purple Dye extract. (Wiki Commons)

Portrait of Charles de Bourbon (1716-1788), future Carlos III, dressed in Royal Purple. (Wiki Commons)

Bespoke! (Stephen Varady)

It was not until 1856 that a new source of dye was found that also produced the deep purple color.  Now, thankfully, we can all enjoy the hue.  Go ahead, live (and dress) like a Queen!

 

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Keren Veisblatt Toledano is a Senior Strategist at Brooklyn United, a digital agency for bold brands. In her spare time, Keren can usually be found taking photos of old doors, visiting museum, soaking in Epsom salts, admiring copper pots, reading dystopian science fiction or sneaking a slice of lemon into her drinks. Her motto is, “A morning without coffee is sleep.” She lives in a brownstone with her cat, Cagney, husband, Michael, and son, Josiah, in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY.

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