2013: An Emerald Year

The 2013 Color Of The Year is Emerald Green

A vibrant, glowing hue of green has been hailed by Pantone as the 2013 color of the year. The authority on color announced emerald will succeed 2012's tangerine and herald a new year of balance and harmony.

"The most abundant hue in nature," Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, called the color in a press release. "Symbolically, emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today's complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors."

From ballgowns and signature gems, to carpets and curtains, emerald is a color that truly lights up design. It's an allure that has extended throughout history, particularly in textiles. Called one of the most elusive hues in the industry, it was actually an incredibly rare thing to see in antique rugs. In fact, green didn't make a universal appearance until the emergence of synthetic dyes in the nineteenth century. But once it did, it became a coveted color.

Color of 2013: Emerald

Color of 2013: Emerald

"Green includes a lot of colors seen in nature, so it brings a sense of the outside in," says Nazmiyal's Omri Schwartz. "It gives a more natural feeling to a space."

Associated with politics, religion, fairy tales and nature, green is unquestionably an emotional color. At a time when the eco-friendly movement is gaining more momentum, it's no wonder that emerald was chosen to signify the coming year. As society turns toward more sustainable practices, it makes senses that the the effort to go 'green' begins in the home.

Antique Persian Tabriz with Green Detail

Antique Persian Tabriz rug with Green Detail

With solar power pumping, urban gardens blossoming, and eco-fashion hitting the runway, design will surely reflect green's meaning beyond it's gorgeous glow. Check our slideshow to see where our green eyes will be focused in 2013.

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