Color -- Garnet
Pomegranate Velvet, Venice, late 15th century
Armenian Portraits by Ilya Vartanian
Late fifteenth-century English Opus Anglicanum (chasuble); embroidered with Fleurs-de-Lys, thistles and cherubim atop cruciform globes. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Antique Indian Velvet Rug
Walking Through Geometry, Jantar Mantar - India
See the griffens, mythical creatures with the head of an eagle on the body of a lion? This fragment from an 11th-century Byzantine robe shows them embroidered on a delicate silk woven of murex-dyed threads. The symbolic power of murex purple reached its apogee in the eastern Roman empire of Byzantium.
Gold and garnet inlay arm band, from the Staffordshire hoard