Russet (color)

Rust is a dark brown color with an orange-red tinge. As a tertiary color, red is a mixture of equal parts orange and purple pigments. The first recorded use of red as a color name in English was in 1562. The source of this color is the ISCC-NBS Method of Color Designation and Dictionary of Color Names (1955), used by stamp collectors to identify stamps . However, it is generally considered difficult to standardize, and the same variation name could be applied to different tones. Rusty red often has no more specific meaning than reddish or reddish. The name of this color comes from roux, a thick wool fabric dyed in pastel colors and darker to give it a soft gray or reddish-brown tone. According to the law of 1363, the English poor had to wear red. Red, an autumn color, is often associated with sadness or seriousness. Anticipating a lifetime of regret, Shakespeare’s character Biron says in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Act V, Scene 1: “Henceforth shall my gallant spirit be released / In red yes and honest no.” Russet is famously quoted from a letter Oliver Cromwell wrote to Sir William Spring in September 1643: “I should rather have a simple red-headed captain who knows what he fights for and loves what he knows [of what you call a gentleman and nothing else ]”.