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15 Types of Crimson Color

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Crimson is a slightly bluish red. This originally refers to the color of the kermes dye produced from the kermes insect. This dye was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans and is amongst the earliest colorful dyes widely used for fabrics. It is considered an incredibly vibrant color that is also somewhat grim due to its similarity to the color of oxygenated blood. The following are common types of crimson color.
Crimson
#8c000f
Oxblood
#800020
Rosewood
#65000b
Alizarin Crimson
#e32636
Burnt Crimson
#582124
Crimson Glory
#be0032
Crimson Red
#980001
Crimson Strawberry
#9f2d47
Electric Crimson
#ff003f
Harvard Crimson
#c90016
Rusted Crimson
#60372e
Spanish Crimson
#e51a4c
Spartan Crimson
#9e1316
True Crimson
#a22042
Vivid Crimson
#cc0033

Word Origin

The origin of the word Crimson relates to the Persian qirmiz, meaning red, that became the English kermes, a type of insect. The kermes insect was used to produce a red dye known as kermes dye. The pronunciation and spelling of kermes dye, fabric and color changed over time to became crimson. This occurred by the 14th century. Crimson was a common word for a red color in late Middle English.
Overview: Crimson Color
Type
Component Colors
red+blue
Similar Colors
Oxblood
Rosewood
Associations
An ancient color that is nonetheless considered youthful and vibrant.
Commonly used in iconography such as school colors.
In literature, crimson is often presented as having grim connotations due to the sound of the word and the similarity of the color crimson to the color of blood.
A crimson tide is a type of algal bloom that can turn the surface of water a bright red.

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