Who doesn’t love the color turquoise? The color’s history dates back several millennia. The word turquoise is French for Turkey, explaining the origin of the dye. The color was so captivating that every major cultural area has incorporated some form of turquoise into their earliest art forms.
We don’t usually think of colors as antiques, but you will find turquoise woven into tapestry textiles that hung on walls in in European castles, dating back to the 1500’s. It can also be found in Uzbekistan materials such as mosques, and in ancient Egypt, where grave furnishings with turquoise inlay were discovered. In the Persian Empire, the sky-blue gemstones were earlier worn round the neck or wrist as protection against unnatural death. Prized as a gem and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue, it is considered rare and valuable in finer grades.
For thousands of years the finest and most intense blue turquoise in the world was found in Persia, and the term “Persian Turquoise” became synonymous with the finest quality. Turquoise is a greenish blue color, based on the gem of the same name. It is rare and valuable in finer grades and has been prized as a gem and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue. In many cultures of the Old and New Worlds, this gemstone has been esteemed for as a holy stone, a bringer of good fortune or a talisman.
Designers are drawn to turquoise. It feels like part of their genetic makeup. It is versatile with a unique aura that draws us in. We drape a turquoise throw over an arm chair and we are drawn in. The color is inevitably tied to timeless design.
So, take a few moments to browse our color inspirations on Pinterest. The use of the color, both subtle and direct, will instantly change the atmosphere.