Most art lovers around the world are “falling in love” with the freshness, strength and personality of Majorelle blue, which in Vietnamese we can know as Cobalt blue. This color is favored by designers for many fields from fashion to architecture. But behind this outstanding color is an impressive story that not everyone knows. Discover the Origin of Majorelle Blue and design inspirations from this special blue with Viet Huong Ceramics!
THE ORIGIN OF THE NAME MAJORELLE BLUE
Majorelle Blue, also known as Marrakech Blue, is a vibrant, fresh and powerful blue. In Vietnamese, we often know them as Cobalt Blue. This beautiful shade of blue is named after a French artist. The color even has it’s own hexadecimal code, if you ever want to use it, just set your fill color to #6050dc. Or if you want to mix it in RGB, just add 37.6% red, 31.4% green, and 86.3% blue, while in CMYK color scheme would be made of 56.4% cyan, 63.6% magenta, 0% yellow, and 13.7% black.
THE HISTORICAL STORY BEHIND THE MAJORELLE BLUE
In 1917, the French painter – Jacques Majorelle first came to the beautiful city of Marrakech – known as “the charming red city” and one of the four greatest citadels of Morocco.
At the traditional markets in Marrakech, you will be mesmerized by handmade items with many typical patterns and motifs of this country. Especially by the abundance of vibrant, vivid colors.
Jacques Majorelle is no exception when visiting and falling in love with this beautiful city. A few years later, he bought a piece of land and hired French architect – Paul Sinoir to build a house for himself in the “Red city”. Over the years that followed, the area of the land was increasingly expanded and he built the Majorelle Jardin.
At the Majorelle Jardin in Marrakech, he painted the garden walls, fountains and features of the villa with a deep blue, which he named after himself – Majorelle Blue. Then, it was copyrighted in 1937, this color has contributed to renewing an arid Marrakech.
THE MAJORELLE BLUE
According to many records, Majorelle blue is made from the precious stone Lapis Lazuli. People believe that the color closest to Majorelle in art is Ultramarine blue.
The vibrant blue color of Jacques’ work later fascinates many tourists visiting Marrakech, Morocco. One of the most famous followers of this color is the famous designer Yves Saint Laurent, who acquired ownership from Majorelle in 1980. Since then, this vibrant blue has appeared on YSL’s impressive designs.
SIMILAR COLOR TO MAJORELLE
Ultramarine Blue is a blue pigment of Lapis Lazuli stone. Ultramarine is considered “blue” gold, first mined in Afghanistan more than 6000 years ago. Lapis Lazuli rock is formed from limestone and contains iron in the form of Pyrite.
the color closest to Majorelle in art is Ultramarine blue
MAJORELLE BLUE – DESIGN INSPIRATION FROM COBAL BLUE
MAJORELLE BLUE JARDIN, MARRAKECH CITY
The Legendary Majorelle Jardin is located on Yves Saint Laurent street, outside the Medina and Gueliz old town in Marrakech, Morocco.
Upon entering the Majorelle garden, you will be greeted by a small white courtyard with a square fountain of brilliant Cobalt blue that makes the heat of Marrakech seem to be instantly banished. Inside the garden is a two-story artistic villa in the center with luxurious blue, yellow, and white colors; embellished with several Moroccan geometric patterns and intricate Moorish details.
CHEFCHAOUEN CITY, MOROCCO
The neighborhoods in Chefchaouen, Morocco, established in 1471, are peaceful with trees and walls painted in vibrant blue – inspired by Jacques’ Majorelle Blue. The whole Chefchaouen seems to be wearing a deep, cool and outstanding blue shirt.
In Jewish religious belief, blue reflects the color of the sky, symbolizes God’s strength, and is derived from the dyed yarn (an ancient dye) that weaves prayer shawls. Therefore, these walls always remind people of omnipotence.
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