Purple with a gold rim

21 July 2021 10:00
In Roman times, the wearing of purple clothes was reserved exclusively for the upper classes. Purple dye was very expensive. It became the traditional colour of kings.

Tyrian purple

The purple colour was extracted from the purple snail, which is almost extinct as a result. Around 30,000 purple snails had to be dug up to obtain one pound of paint mass. This yielded only four grams of pure dye. This made the dyed fabric ten to twenty times more expensive than a quantity of gold of the same weight.

Imperial purple

Julius Caesar was the first to wear an all-purple toga as a sign of his authority. A century later, Emperor Nero decreed, on pain of death, that only the emperor, senators and priest could wear the Tyrian colour. Even in modern times, purple is a colour that radiates wealth. The colour is also seen as a symbol of passion, inventiveness, inspiration, originality and spirituality.

Colourful assortment

The colour purple can be found in the full breadth of the Art Deco Webstore collection. For example, in various enamelled pieces of jewellery or jewellery with freshwater pearls. Or in the form of a purple muse. A special gift to seal a friendship. Colourful cushions to give your interior a warm look are available in various designs. Purple was also a favourite colour of Gustav Klimt. Our webstore offers various (home) accessories of his works of art, including a compact mirror of the artwork Die Jungfrau. Here, the colour purple creates a magical atmosphere.