Fascinated by Blue

blue geometry

Colors do symbolize different meanings and cause different feelings depending on the way we see the world or the culture we belong to. If we are asked to visualize our thoughts, the first thing pops up to our mind is its color than the forms follow. Today, I will share with you probably one of most favorite color of humankind in history which is blue. Through the history, the color was achieved from minerals or plants today most of the time is produced by synthetic materials and pigments. Back in the history it was one of the most expensive color to be used. Therefore, they were used in holly places  and somehow related to higher spirits.  In the Islamic world, blue and turquoise tile traditionally decorates the facades and exteriors of mosques and other religious  buildings from Spain to Central Asia. In Hinduism, many of the Gods were depicted having blue colored skin. Natural Ultramarine made by grinding and purifying lapis lazuli was the finest blue pigment available in Middle ages. Therefore, it was extremely expensive and was often reserved for the robes of Virgin Mary.

indigo

Blue color has different shades. Darker shades contain black or grey while lighter shades contain white. Darker shades of blue include ultramarine, cobalt blue, Prussian blue and navy blue; while lighter tints include sky-blue, azure and Egyptian Blue.

Blue color decoration

The most popular dying to achieve blue was a living art in India, China and Middle East. The history goes back to 1600BC in Far East and it was often used for royalty.  The color is extracted from the plant called Indigofera which grown in tropical climates and the plant is not soluble in water. Therefore to dye a fabric it must be dissolved with reducing products and alkali.

blue geometry

There are many beautiful patterns on earth  today decorating tiles and fabrics which were all associated by the fascinating blue color. Cobalt blue has been used for centuries to glass and ceramics and indigo to color the fabrics.

indigo city

There is one amazing city in India Rajasthan region, Jodhpur which is called Blue city where all the buildings are painted in blue and  considered a treasure in the middle of the desert. the Blue City as it is universally known – took to painting their houses in various shades of blue is not completely certain.  Yet most believe it is to do with the prevailing caste system in India. Though locals usually believe that the color keeps the interiors cool and fends of mosquitoes.

kimono

In far east in China and Japan there are beautiful fabrics which are dyed in indigo color. Therefore, the color most of the time associated by the traditional clothing and fabrics.

indigo gates

Blue also symbolyzes purity and cleanliness. Therefore there are a lot of  examples of  the beautiful doors painted in

blue color in different parts of the world.

beautiful blue and white combination

White and Blue make great color combination and most of the decorative surfaces are elegantly ornamented in these 2 color and their various shades.

Decoration using shades of blue

These days, indigo has come back again as a huge trend. The contemporary spaces are decorated in a full

glamour by fascinating shades of blue color.

Blue favorite space

When the walls, fabrics, pillows, ceramic objects colored in blue has come together they create a  mystic eclectic quality.

indigo pillows

Flower and geometrical patterns they all look great in blue

patchwork carpet overdyed in blue

Over the past years, fashionwise the king of casual clothing denim personify the color as modern and todays man started to enjoy blue using widely interior decor. The old carpets and kilims overdyed in blue and they looked great in modern interior spaces with their fresh look. What can I say? Blue has been fascinating at all times and it looks like it will continue to be years to come…..

written by Tijen Samuray Öztek (designmixer)

images via pinterest

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