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Falu red or Falun red (/ˈfɑːluː/ fah-loo, in Swedish Falu rödfärg (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈfɑːlɵ ˈrøːfærj])) is the name of a Swedish deep red paint well-known for its use on wooden cottages and barns. The paint originated from the copper mine at Falun in Dalarna, Sweden. The traditional colour remains popular today due to its effectiveness in preserving wood. In Finland, it is known as punamulta ("red earth") after the pigment, very finely divided hematite. Since the binder is starch, the paint is permeable to water. The earliest evidence of its use dates from the 16th century. During the 17th century Falu red was commonly used on smaller wooden mansions, where it was intended to imitate buildings with brick facing. Except in bigger cities like Stockholm and Gothenburg, and in the far south of Sweden, wood was the dominating building material. In the Swedish cities and towns, buildings were often painted with Falu red until the early 19th century, when the authorities began to oppose use of the paint. At that point in time more and more wooden buildings in urban areas were either painted in lighter colours (e.g. yellow, white) or sided with stucco. The number of buildings made of bricks (with stucco) also increased. However Falu red saw a surge in popularity in the countryside during the 19th century, when also poorer farmers and crofters began to paint their houses. Falu red is still widely used in the Swedish countryside. The common Finnish expression punainen tupa ja perunamaa "a red house and a potato field", referring to idyllic nuclear family life in a separate house, is a direct allusion to a country house painted in Falu red.

Falu red during manufacturing The actual colour may be different depending on how much the oxide is burnt, ranging from almost black to a bright, light red. Different tones of red have been popular at different times. Recently a mix giving a dark green colour, Falu Grön, has also been produced by mixing black and ochre. The paint consists of water, rye flour, linseed oil and tailings from the copper mines of Falun which contain silicates iron oxides, copper compounds and zinc. The current recipe was finalized in the 1920s. Aging Falu red will flake off, but restoration is easy since only brushing off of the loose flakes is required before repainting.

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Comments (298)

FaSon on March 14, 2015

Super photo! Very well framed with so beautiful reflection! L/F! Friendly greetings from Oslo!

Inge Röpke on March 15, 2015

♥Thank you so much FaSon, for your visit, kind words and LIKE144/86:)))
Have a nice Sunday and warm greetings from Sweden to Oslo, Inge:)))♥

asanloj on March 24, 2015

Fantastic !!!! YSL. Regards

Inge Röpke on March 24, 2015

♥Thank you so much Asanloj, for your visit, kind words and LIKE145/87:)))
Have a nice day and warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

Dhirubhai Patel on March 24, 2015

Spectacular picture, excellent photo! LIKE! Greetings from Chicago IL.USA.

Inge Röpke on March 24, 2015

♥Thank you so much Dhirubhai, for your visit & kind words:)))
Warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

Eliseo.mc on March 25, 2015

Inge: buen encuadre de los reflejos de las cabañas con interesante información sobre la pintura roja.

LIKE 146 + FAV. 88.

Saludos de Eliseo.

Inge Röpke on March 26, 2015

♥Thank you so much Eliseo, for your visit, kind words and LIKE146/88:)))
Have a nice day and warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

funtor on April 5, 2015

Great reflection, my compliment for your composition!

Inge Röpke on April 5, 2015

♥Thank you so much ,Funtor for your visit, kind words and LIKE147:)))
Warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

idahodon on June 23, 2015

Excellent photo! L+F! Best wishes, Don.

Inge Röpke on June 24, 2015

♥Thank you so much Don, for your visit, kind words and LIKE148/88:)))
Warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

Libero Concas on June 24, 2015

An excellent picture!!! L & F. Greetings from Italy. Libero.

Inge Röpke on June 26, 2015

♥Thank you so much Libero, for your visit, kind words and LIKE149:)))
Have a nice weekend and warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

Jessie Kotini on July 4, 2015

Great photo and reflection! YSL. Greetings :)

Inge Röpke on July 4, 2015

♥Thank you so much Jessie, for your visit, kind words and LIKE150/88:)))
Have a nice day and warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

✿ܓGy㋡ngyi ✿ܓ on August 9, 2015

Bra foto!

Vilken vacker färgade hus.

Vacker reflektion.


uppriktigt Gyöngyi

Inge Röpke on November 21

♥Hej Gyöngyi, tack för ditt besök, trevlig kommentar och LIKE151/89:)))
Bästa hälsningar, Inge:)))♥

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  • Uploaded on February 27, 2014
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    by Inge Röpke
    • Camera: Canon EOS 20D
    • Taken on 2007/02/14 13:44:30
    • Exposure: 0.033s (1/30)
    • Focal Length: 22.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash