Non traditional blue

“To vist Morocco is like turning the pages of an illustrated Persian manuscript…”

Edith Wharton

Pantone colour 19-424ITPX is also known as Moroccan Blue. It’s real name should be Marjorelle Blue. Jaques Marjorelle was a 1901 graduate of the Ecole de Baux-Arts. Unsurprisingly, he was French. In 1907 he travelled to Marrakesh and he never left. Jacques bought a palm plantation near the city and established a large Cubist villa and botanical garden. He was fascinated by the blues of traditional Moroccan tiles, developing a special blend of the colour to paint his villa. Painting colours on the exteriors of structures was not widespread in Morocco. Despite this, Jacques effect was highly popular in Marrakesh, and rapidly it became the trend to paint buildings using this blue shade. The colour developed as a tribute to the city has become the colour of the city. #gotheblues #letsmakelemonade

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