Beautiful Selection of Red and Rust Rugs

Red and Rust Rugs – Ask any psychologist and they will tell you that our environment places a significant role in our emotional well being. Color is a major part of this. Warm colors, such as red and rust, have a stimulating effect.

According to color psychology, the color red represents love, romance, gentleness, warmth, comfort, energy, and excitement. Rust colors, such as oranges and browns, represent happiness, energy, warmth, enthusiasm, prosperity, sophistication, reliability, stability, friendship, security, and nature.

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When it comes to textiles, colors are achieved through the use of dyes. Red and rusty colors have been sourced from nature for thousands of years to create pigments for dyes. Interestingly, avocados can be used to create red dyes. Beyond this, red dyes can be sourced from a wide variety of plants and minerals in nature.

Red leaves, for example, will create a rusty looking reddish-brown. Madder is another plant that is commonly used to create red dyes. In all, there are more than 40 different plants and insects which can be used to create red dye. Brazil-wood, cochineal, buck-thorn bark, and safflower are all common sources of red and rusty colored carpet dyes.

When selecting antique rugs for your home, red and rust colored rugs can really enhance the feel of a room, depending on the shade you go for. Not all reds and rusts are equal how they are perceived, so there are a lot of different options to consider when selecting rugs and carpets in these hues. Bright red Oriental rugs pair well with white, black, and other vibrant colors, while rust colored rugs can look nice against greens, browns, and oranges.

A bright red carpet can add a pop of color and eye-catching contrast to an otherwise neutral area. Brightly colored rugs bring a sense of vibrancy and energy to a room. A rug featuring a dark, deep red will add some drama and richness to the decor and make the space feel more intimate; while a reddish-orange antique carpet elicits a modern feeling. Moving towards the rusty-brown end of this color spectrum, a rug in this hue can make a room interior decor feel casual and and make the space feel grounded.

“The Red that Colored the World” Cochineal Red Works Of Art Museum of International Folk Art

Cochineal — Since the beginning of modern history, the color red has had a special place in art, decoration, fashion and foods. Red is one of the primary colors and one of the most universally used colors. Warm and attractive, it has the power to instantly draw attention and make people excited, which is why you can see it in everything from foods and fabrics to the logos of multinational companies like McDonald’s and Coca Cola.

Navajo Serape Dyed with Cochineal Nazmiyal
Red Navajo Serape Dyed with Cochineal

But do you know the most prolific and enduring source of this king of colors? You would be forgiven for not having the slightest idea, because very few people do. The exhibition titled “The Red that Colored the World,” which opened at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico on May 17, 2015, is designed to explore the fascinating story behind its discovery and its explosive global spread during the last four centuries.

When the Spanish conquistadors set foot in Mexico in the 16th century, they discovered something else besides the Aztecs and their fabulous pyramids – a tiny scaled insect called cochineal, from which the native people extracted a kind of acid. When mixed with aluminum or calcium salts, the acid changed into carmine dye, which was used to color foods and fabric different hues of red.

Today, the acid is known as carminic acid. It is produced by the cochineal, found in much of subtropical Mexico and South America, to deter predators. The amount of acid that can be extracted from each insect is equal to 17 to 24% of its dried body weight. Once the Spanish learned how to extract the acid and turn it into dye from the native people, they quickly spread it all over the world, making it an important source of income.

The dried bodies of cochineal bugs are used to make vibrant red dye. Nazmiyal
The dried bodies of cochineal bugs are used to make vibrant red dye

Even after synthetic dyes and pigments were invented in the 19th century, carminic acid extracted from cochineal continued to be used to produce the color red. Besides foods and fabrics, it was widely used to color furniture, paintings and sculptures. It is still used today to color processed foods and textiles. In fact, the increased demand for natural dye has made cultivation of the insects profitable once again. Today, Peru is the largest exporter of carminic dye.

Once the dye was discovered, there was no looking back. It revolutionized the food and textile industries. It changed the way artists and painters used the color red and put it at the pinnacle of the color spectrum. There is no doubt that synthetic dye would have been eventually invented, but without the carminic dye, the world would have to wait for a few centuries to see the effects of the color red.

The exhibition explores the discovery and spread of the color red through folk art, paintings, manuscripts, sculptures, furniture and textile from pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Mexico, Peru and New Mexico. But it is not restricted to that. It also includes paintings, textiles and clothing from Europe, India, the Middle East and other parts of Asia.

Through the use of a variety of interactive, visitor-friendly features and didactic materials, the exhibition invites visitors to explore the central role of the color red in art, paintings, sculptures, furniture and textiles. The exhibition is scheduled to close on September 13, 2015.

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