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The colour blue has inspired painters, musicians, writers and designers from its earliest origins and continues to do so today with its alluring shades and tranquil depths. But there is much more to this intense colour than simply being the most popular. In fact, blue has had as rich a history as the many shades it is comprised of.

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The only ancient culture to have a word for blue was the Egyptians, and they were also the only culture that had a way to produce a blue dye. Blue rarely appears in nature and the early painters’ palette was restricted to earth colours – red, browns, yellows and blacks. Blue only appeared when the Egyptians started mining and unearthed Lapis Lazuli, a semi-precious stone first found in Afghanistan about 6000 years ago. Lapis was scarce and so greatly prized, and was used to adorn the tombs of pharaohs and the eyes of Cleopatra. The pigment was considered more precious than gold.

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Wherever it came from, blue pigment remained costly to produce. It was an expensive, aspirational colour. The colour came to symbolize truth, peace, virtue and authority, due to its use in many religious and royal symbols.

But with the advent of modern manufacturing methods, cheaper blue pigments became available, not least in paint. The colour was used to capture different moods by artists: Pablo Picasso, for instance, had his blue period after moving from Paris to Barcelona in 1901. During the next 4 years, the paintings he produced in shades of blue and blue-green seemed to reflect his experience of relative poverty and instability, with gloomy subjects: beggars, street urchins, the old, the frail and the blind.

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Most blues convey a sense of trust, loyalty, cleanliness and understanding. Today, we see blue everywhere we look, and in every shade we can think of. It’s associated with clear Skies, healing and refreshing waters.

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Chefchaouen is the ‘blue town’ in Morocco which gives fantastic inspirations for all who like blue colour hues. It is everywhere in this town – it is the best place to visit when you are looking for inspiring colour design ideas for ethnic interior decorating, unique home decorations, architectural details, tile designs and Moroccan décor items. The blue town is one of the wonderful off-the-beaten path locations. The High Atlas Mountains, Asilah, Essaouira and Chefchaouen provide fabulous views and great ideas for colour designs, texture combinations and home decorating in Mediterranean styles.

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Visiting this ancient town and friendly Berbers of Morocco is only a little bit of research away, of course. Chefchaouen is a small town in north Morocco, but it delights, amazes and inspired. The blue town with a rich history, beautiful nature and wonderful architecture is a fantastic place to see. Bright blue walls and doors of many buildings in the Old Town, or Medina, blue colour combinations that include all rainbow hues, fabulous textiles, tile designs and Moroccan décor items demonstrate how harmoniously blue blends together.

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