Karlskrona, red houses for the fishig-tackle in the Port of Torhamn - IRR

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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 (192)

Heinrich Andreas on January 13, 2015

Exzellenter Farbkontrast L
Schöne Grüße, Heinrich

Inge Röpke on January 13, 2015

♥Einfach zu schön diese Fischerhäuschen:):)….Danke für das LIKE93:)))))
mit herzlichen Grüßen aus Schweden, Inge:)))♥

Ijaz Ahmad Mughal on February 11

Marvelous colours and a beautiful capture+++ LIKE & FAVORITE :))) .Best greetings from Ijaz Ahmad

Inge Röpke on February 12

♥Thank you so much Ijaz, for your visit, kind words and LIKE94/43:)))
Warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

Sirka on March 3

Magnificent place!F44&L95

Inge Röpke on March 3

♥Thank you so much Sirka, for your visit, kind words and LIKE95/44:)))
Warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

Algueró on March 11

Maravillosa foto de esas típicas cabañas rojas, me gusta la captura querida amiga Inge (LK+FV). Muy interesante el tratamiento con Falu rojo. Afectuosos saludos de España hasta Suecia con mis mejores deseos, Algueró

Inge Röpke on March 12

♥Thank you so much Alguero, for your visit, kind words and LIKE96/45:)))
Have a nice day my friend and warm greetings/saludos from Sweden, Inge:)))))))♥

xalx68 on March 16

Nice colors, beautiful photo. Like. Greetings.

Inge Röpke on March 16

♥Thank you so much xalx68, for your visit, kind words and LIKE97:)))
Have a nice week and warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

FaSon on April 4

Dear Inge, A picture is a very nice bur the mashrums are deliciuos! Mniam! L/F! Gest regards!

Inge Röpke on April 4

♥Thank you so much FaSon, for your visit, kind words and LIKE98/46:)))
I like them too:))
Warm greetings from Sweden, Inge:)))♥

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 1, 2013
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    by Inge Röpke
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot G12
    • Taken on 2013/10/27 16:35:43
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 18.10mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash