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Simply red

Staff writer ▼ | February 14, 2008
Red colour, a saint colour in many countries, attracts human attention from ancient times. Neanderthals sprinkled their dead with red oker colour, Cro-Magnon enriched it with iron and used to paint their cave walls.
redRed colour, a saint colour in many countries, attracts human attention from ancient times. Neanderthals sprinkled their dead with red oker colour, Cro-Magnon enriched it with iron and used to paint their cave walls.

Our eyes can register about million different shades of colours, but no colour have such meaning to us like red. In the whole world red colour represents human state and emotions like bravery, revolution, war, violence, sin, desire, passion or life.

redThousands of years artists have been trying to create fire-red or deep red colour that they saw in nature. The best they can managed to do was to produce oker-red colour made of iron oxide. But, through the history this procedure showed its imperfections. Ancient Egyptians are first who tried to colour textile by using the root of a plant which contains twenty different shades of red. Soon, they get red-yellow colour and used that for centuries to colour clothes and for straps to wrap the mummies.

Colouring by shells is revealed around 1500 BC. At that time people realized that smashed shells have an unusual ability: They excrete yellow juice which in contact with air become green. But, after they exposed it to sun light, it turned to purple-red.

redDuring the Middle age, purple-red colour from shells replaced purple-red colour received from the worm. People collected them from the trees, they dry them and grind it in fine dust. After that they dissolved it in a colouring bath. With time, that procedure proved to be very expensive and available only to kings. They called it "king's colour" and that name exist even today. Spanish conquistadors discovered in 1519 that Aztecs sell "perfect red colour".

In short, Spain started to control supplies of it and became very rich. But, it lasted for not so long. England, the Netherlands and France wanted some of that perfect colour. War, spies, sinking each other's ships... all that because of "perfect red colour". And that time past.

In the first half of 19th century, when chemistry was in full spread, appeared the first synthetic red colour. British scientist William Perkin discovers purple red by accident in 1856. Just an inch ahead two scientists, Carl Gräbe and Carl Lieberman, discovered orange-red colour before Perkin. redSynthetic colours were accepted very quickly and from year 1870 synthetic red got its place in a fabric industry. But, auto industry was still waiting for its perfect red, strong enough for cold, heat, rain, sun light... Forty years later, in 1935, car industry got its red colour for fire vehicles and fast Ferrari bolides. And our hearts are pleased for eternity.

But, let's leave the science little bit outside and look what red colour has to say in our every day life. Red colour has great influence on human health. Same data show that looking at red colour increase person's strength for 13.5 percent. Because of that coaches in athletics use red colour to improve the results. Red colour act as a stimulator for blood and has some little effects on nerves. It helps with paralyse, tuberculosis, physical exhaustion and chronic rheumatism. We will not use it when we are angry, if we bleed, have inflammation processes, a wound, higher blood pressure, heart problems...

redThe tomatoes, watermelons, red grapefruits and guavas are red coloured. All four contain likopene, the substance which has strong antioxidant effect. Except at cancer, red colour is effective in healing migraine. Interesting fact is that plants, when exposed to red light, grow four times faster that those who had been raised on sunlight.

Without any doubt, red is powerful, dramatic and motivating colour. It hasn't its component colour except itself, just like the blue and the yellow colours. This three colours are three primary colours of the spectre. Each on dominate with its part of the spectre. When mixed, they create every colour we can imagine. We may say that they act almost like a human beings. Depending on with whom we are, we can be sentimental, ignoring or impassive persons. Today I hope that you feel very reddish.