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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
White and Blue make great color combination and most of the decorative surfaces are elegantly ornamented in these 2 color and their various shades.
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.
When the walls, fabrics, pillows, ceramic objects colored in blue has come together they create a mystic eclectic quality.
Flower and geometrical patterns they all look great 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…..
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