Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Madder or Cinnamon Red

Madder Red or Cinnamon Red and Madder Orange
Madder red, also known as cinnamon red, was a bright red dye made from the roots of the madder, or rubia, plant, and was especially popular in the late nineteenth century.  It is differentiated from another red dye made from madder, Turkey red, because of its dyeing process.  Water was used to make madder red dye, while oil was used to make Turkey red.  The madder reds have thus been less colorfast than Turkey red, and are often responsible for bleeding onto adjacent fabrics and/or fading to a reddish-brown.  Madder orange, related to madder red, could be produced by varying the intensity of the dye.
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