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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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esse est reminisci on April 12

Beautiful image. LK 112. Best regards.Raffaele

Inge Röpke on April 12

♥Thank you so much Raffaele, for your visit, kind words and LIKE112:)))
Have a nice weekend and warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

ԁk‒cam on April 13

Beautiful houses - L

Kind regards, Finn

Inge Röpke on April 13

♥Thank you so much Finn, for your visit, kind words and LIKE113:)))
Warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

MDanieli on April 18

Bella, simpatica, originale. Un ottimo lavoro




Inge Röpke on April 18

♥Thank you so much MD, for your visit, kind words and LIKE114:)))
Have a nice weekend and warm greetings/saluti from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

k. -pictures on April 18

L I K E ! ! !
Schönes (Spiegel)Bild :)

Greetings from Germany | Grüße aus Hessen

k. -pictures

Inge Röpke on April 18

♥Das kommt sehr sehr selten vor, dass das Wasser einem Spiegel gleicht:)….Danke für das LIKE115:)))))
…mit herzlichen Ostergrüßen aus Schweden, Inge:)))♥

elakramine on April 25

YSL 71/116, for this beautiful shot !!

Greetings, Elakramine

Inge Röpke on April 25

♥Thank you so much Elakramine, for your visit, kind words and LIKE116/71:)))
Have a nice weekend and warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:))))))))♥

Anupam Mukherjee on April 28

Magnificent photograph!! Amazing reflection!!

YSL 72/117

Greetings, Anupam

Inge Röpke on April 28

♥Thank you so much Anupam, for your visit, kind words and LIKE117/72:)))
Warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

Mirk0 on April 28

nice scenery and reflections, Inge - L and sunny greets, Mirko

Inge Röpke on April 29

♥Hallo Mirko, vielen Dank für den netten Kommentar und für Dein LIKE118:)))))
…mit sonnigen Grüßen aus Schweden, Inge:)))♥

Omar Gobbi on May 17

Excellent picture, very beautiful photographic work , LIKE & FAV , best regards , " Omar "

abraxas_aut on June 6

LIKE and best wishes!

Gena Polozhinskiy on June 13

Nice reflections, L+F!

Beautiful photo with warm colours and reflections.Like. Greetings from Italy Pierre

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 27, 2014
  • © All Rights Reserved
    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