Purple – the colour of February

I’m not sure who decided which month should be associated with a colour – but February is widely linked with the colour Purple.

Surprisingly, there are many shades that fall within the purple colour range. Here are just a few:

Shades of Purple

The first of the colours in the picture above Tyrian, is actually the colour that started it all . It comes from the name of the Tyrian purple dye made from the mucus which is secreted by the spiny dye-murex snail. Originally, this dye came from the Phoenician trading city of Tyre, which is now in Lebanon. A large amount of the mucus yielded only a tiny amount of dye and therefore it was very expensive.

If you like a quiz or puzzle then you might like to take a look at our purple wordsearch. See how many purple shades you can spot…

If you’d like to know more about purple and which colour works best for your skin tone…then you might like to take a look at our page here: Seasonal Colour Analysis 101.

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Updated April 2021