Turkey red

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Wool dyed with Turkey red


An unstandardized hue name for a deep red color. Turkey red originally referred madder obtained from the Near East. Lake pigments or dyed cloth prepared from the madder were also given the Turkey red name. The name continued to be used for synthetic colorants of the same hue.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Adrianople red; Levant red; turkinpunainen (Fin.); turkiskt rött (Sven.)

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 475
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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