Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Colour stories: Turquoise!


Have not written a colour post for a long time ..Not that one needs to make an excuse for Turquoise anyway.. It's one colour like pink, I absolutely love, but have not imagined dedicating entire walls to!- yet  :)
Today's post is about the colour, used in a mostly traditional, ethnic scheme.... 



Turquoise in all its shades- wether  an intense burst of blue or a softer and paler version- is so unique to the gem stone it derives its name from, that the stone and the particular shade of blue are now synonymous to each other...


Called Turquoise as it was thought to have originated from Turkey at first, the gem stone hails from the Alimersai Mountain in Persia (now in Iran). The best quality Turquoise to this date  is credited to the region.




The intense shades of turquoise have endeared it to many ancient cultures:  Ancient Egypt, Aztec, Mesopotamia, Indus Valley and China. Despite being an old gemstone, it was introduced to Europe via Turkey only with the silk road novelties and  not until the 14th century was it used commonly in jewellery. The stone was introduced in India only during the Mughal times and remained unknown to the far east until the 18th century..




The color to me, denotes a relaxed, fresh and contemporary feel ..  It goes well with a bunch of warm colours, reds, oranges, pinks and yellows,  and provides a fun visual pop against muted, earthy tones of natural materials- stone and wood. It also provides a lovely foil for ethnic objects like baskets, textiles and jewelry..


Every once in a while, I change up the accessories around the bedroom and more private 
spaces of the house to make way for the Turq :)



Hopefully  in some near future, I will gather the guts for an all turquoise wall .. until then, this will have to do ..!

11 comments:

Bhavna said...

What a beautiful post Chandan. I have spent the last 10 mins scrolling up and down and sighing over those pictures. Love Love how you have done up the space. Brilliant colors, textures and textiles!

Tina / lifeinsketch.com said...

Gorgeous. Love the images you've found to represent turquoise + its different color combinations.

Shanthi said...

This is a lovely ethnic authentic post. Torquoise my favorite color - added that little thing extra :-). Love that saree runner and the bags and actually everything.

Vandana said...

Beautiful images to go with the post!I,too,love the colour.....it brightens up the space and gives a rich look....

Chandan said...

Thanks a ton Bhavna, Tina, Shanthi & Vandana!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Absolutely brilliant Chandan, love every pic.

TheKeyBunch said...

Brilliant visuals Chandan! Would you believe I don't have a single turquoise accessory? Time I brought this gorgeous color into my home...thanks!:)

vineeta said...

Beautiful Beautiful post Chandan. It was that much more easier for me to imagine myself in these pictures because i have had the rare privilege of being there. Gorgeously put together in realtime space & laid out here. Loved this post!!

Vineet Sharma said...

Thanks for sharing wonderful informations. Nice post.


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Chandan said...

@ Anu : Thanks !
@ Key Bunch: thanks !.. head out today and get something in the colour!
@ Vineeta: Any compliment coming from you means a lot !!
@ Vineet Sharma : Thanks for dropping by.

Josh McCreery said...

When I saw those pictures I'm in love on Turquoise gemstones more than ever! The shades of color are properly combined and has made a relaxing feeling. Good job.

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