Is there any blue richer than this?
Especially when shown against that yellow. It is a handcrafted Iranian ceramic vessel purchased by Flickr member [email protected] in Isfahan, Iran and photographed by him.
We may think the Iranian designs are gorgeous, but the British Museum explains that some Iranian potters were inspired by Chinese porcelains. Iranian rulers had acquired Chinese porcelain through trade and diplomatic gifts, and the Chinese pieces became highly prized in Iran. Thus potters produced designs like this one from the 16th century, to imitate Chinese pieces:
Here is another example against yellow, this one from India, a mural painted by Ariya Nair:
Simple small tiles, but they have super-sized impact in this color. Photo by Wendee Schmitke on Flickr:
Apparently, they are at a children’s day care center. All places should have such style!
Even in smaller doses, the color delivers a punch. These pots are in Mauritius, photographed by Niranj Vaidyanathan on Flickr:
You don’t have to go to Iran, India, or Mauritius to see this color though. You may find it right around you, wherever you are. Perhaps in blue bottles:
This color has literally stood the test of time. Here are fragments of Iranian tile from an article about how to analyze ancient ceramics to find the chemical and mineral coloring agents of the glazes and pastes:
These tile fragments are from the Takht-e Soleyman palace in Iran and were created during the 13th-15th centuries. I wonder if they knew back then the precautions they should take when using cobalt pigments. Apparently it is toxic when inhaled and potters can get cobalt poisoning if they don’t take precautions to protect themselves.
Cobalt blue is still popular today. In fact Refinery 21 says it’s a trendy color for fall 2013 clothes and they give 11 ways to add cobalt blue to your wardrobe.