The Colour of Desire
by Bettina Forget
Did you know that in Renaissance Europe commoners weren't allowed to wear red cloth? Or that the colour 'cobalt' was named after 'Kobolds', the sneaky trolls which miners suspected hid in the cobalt-zinc oxide mines? Read about the history of your favourite colour, from the first use of ocre by ancient tribesmen to William Perkin's "discovery" of mauve and the first synthetic colours.