Oct 2, 2009

Color schemes in 19th C French textiles, part 6 (browns)

Continuing the discussion from part 5 of the darker backgrounds that were very common in 19th century French furnishing textiles, we'll take a look at shades of brown as used in the various printed fabrics.

In the 18th century, there was generally not a distinction made between the brown and black backgrounds. They were grouped together and called "chimney sweep" or fond ramoneur.  The variety of browns ranged from bronze shades to chocolate to deep brown-black. 
The 19th century elephant ears print fabric above and the three fabric prints immediately below all have light- to medium-brown backgrounds.

The final group in this post are all what I would categorize as dark brown backgrounds, although, as you can see, there is some variation within that color category.

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