Inspired by colour: Reds & Imperials

The imperial colours of purple & red are by far the richest. They are the colours of wine, passion, danger, and adventure. To our prehistoric ancestors red was the colour of fire and blood – primal life forces – and most of red’s symbolism today arises from its powerful associations in the past.

Reds and purples are also often associated with magic and religion. To the Greeks red was the colour of heroes, for the Romans purple represented status. Red was almost as rare and as expensive as purple in ancient days – a fact that may explain its magic and power.

Imperials, reds and rusts bring vibrancy to interiors, they can be grounding and earthy, or Mediterranean adding warmth but always exciting and rich.

We have curated a range of beautiful rich reds and purples for our velvets, silks, and woven fabrics. Colours that work harmoniously with the full Chelsea Textiles brand
including our furniture, cushions & accessories.

We have compiled them in a single mood board to complement
and provide inspiration for your designs.


For additional information about any of the fabrics featured on our red mood board please contact [email protected] in our New York showroom