Rubies are one of the most popular, but one of the rarer and consequently more valuable gemstones. They come in a range of lustrous colours from deep crimson through fruity orange to delicate rose-pink.
Known as the Stone of Kings, each royal house prizes the rubies in their store of precious jewels. The Spanish House of Bourbon gained the Niarchos Ruby Sautoir when Sophie of Greece married Juan Carlos in 1962. Set in gold, the rubies are almost as flexible as our Ruby Reds collection since the sautoir can be worn singly, doubly, as a necklace, tiara or bracelet.
Images: Van Cleef & Arpels
Our Ruby Reds collection offers the same range of stimulating shades and captures the mystique of this energizing gem by using one red warp teamed with sixteen luscious wefts. Each shot cotton is named after a Spanish city – Seville, Cordoba, Jerez, Barcelona, Santiago, Valencia etc - a fitting tribute to a plethora of Spanish tradition: the romance of the country's mediaeval mysteries and romantic literature, the rich repositories of old masters, the feverish passion of pilgrimage, the seductive mysteries of flamenco, the amber warmth of sherry and the warmth of its cuisine.
Images: Medievalists.net / GoldenHaggada / Juan-de-Arellano-Still-Life-with-Roses Hansspeekenbrink / Sexenio.com
Spanishsabores / Anniebspain / Epicure-and-culture
With a 54" width and rich soft drape, sewers and quilters are waxing lyrical after using the Ruby Reds:
- I was mesmerized by the subtle color change of the fabrics as the machine moved them along.- Gorgeous, rich colours.- The colours are so brilliant! I love how they go together.- I love the way the thread variations give a shimmer and movement to the squares when seen in the light ... By weaving them in two different colours of thread, the fabric gains a dimension that you can’t get with a standard single-colour flat weave.- These fabrics are amazing - deep, intense saturated tones. They shimmer.
Ruby Reds are available as cut lengths and in a choice of pre-cut packs, including Fat 8ths, Fat Quarters, Half Metre Blocks and 5” Squares.