The tail hair from any of several small weasel-like animals of the family Mustelidae, such as the Martes martes or Martes zibellina. Martens are commonly found in Russia, Norway, Germany and Switzerland. The bluish-brown hairs are long, strong, and silky. Brushes made from marten hair are similar to sable brushes.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Martes martes (Baum marten); Martes zibellina (black sable, Russian sable); Martes foina (stone or beech marten)
Resources and Citations
- Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937
- Zora Sweet Pinney, 'A Handle on the Terms used for Artists' Brushes', unpublished glossary, 1999
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marten (Accessed Feb. 10, 2006)