Carmine (color)

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Carmine is the general term for a particularly deep red color. Some rubies are colored the color shown in the color chart below as rich carmine. The deep red color shown at right as carmine is the color of the raw unprocessed pigment, but lighter, richer, or brighter colors are produced when the raw pigment is processed, some of which are shown below.

The color carmine comes from the pigment carmine, which is a deep red color obtained from the carminic acid produced by some scale insects, such as the cochineal and the Polish cochineal, and is used as a general term for a particularly deep red color. The pigment carmine is used in the manufacture of artificial flowers, paints, rouge, yogurt, cosmetics, food additives, and crimson ink.

The first recorded use of carmine as a color name in English was in 1523.[1]

Meaning of carmine[change | edit source]

  • Since carmine is the color of dried blood, the color is sometimes used to represent crime.
  • In the Star Trek TV show, the person who the script dictated was to be killed was usually chosen from the engineering part of the crew of the starship Enterprise, who wore carmine red shirts. As a result, the redshirt is the actor playing the character in a TV Show or movie who the script dictates is to be killed.


Tones of carmine color comparison chart[change | edit source]

Pale Medium Carmine Pink (ISCC-NBS Carmine #2) (Hex: #EA9399) (RGB: 234, 147, 153)
Fiery Rose (Crayola Ultra Crayons) (Hex: #FF5470) (RGB: 255, 84, 112)
Magic Potion (Crayola Silly Scents) (Hex: #FF4466) (RGB: 255, 68, 102)
Radical Red (Crayola) (Hex: #FF355E) (RGB: 255, 53, 94)
Awesome (Hex: #FF2052) (RGB: 255, 32, 82)
Carmine Ruby (Hex: #F03D6F) (RGB: 240, 61, 111)
Razzmatazz (Crayola) (Hex: #E3256B) (RGB: 227, 37, 107)
Rouge Red (Pantone TPX 18-1755) (Hex: #E44165) (RGB: 228, 65, 101)
Paradise Pink (Pantone TPX 17-1755) (Hex: #E63E62) (RGB: 230, 62, 98)
Amaranth (Hex: #E52B80) (RGB: 229, 43, 80)
Carmine Rose (Pantone TPX 17-2230) (Hex: #DD5A91) (RGB: 221, 90, 145)
Japanese Atomic Carmine Pink (Hex: #EC5486) (RGB: 236, 84, 134)
Atomic Carmine Pink (Carmine Red (Prismacolor PC 926)) (Hex: #FA4F7B) (RGB: 250, 79, 123)
Neon Red (Prismacolor PC 1037) (Hex: #FF4E6A) (RGB: 255, 78, 106)
Vivid Carmine Pink (Hex: #FF5771) (RGB: 255, 87, 113)
Ultra Red (Wild Watermelon) (Crayola) (Hex: #FC6C85) (RGB: 252, 109, 133)
Light Carmine Pink (Hex: #F26476) (RGB: 242, 100, 118)
Bright Carmine Pink (ISCC-NBS Carmine #3) (Hex: #E4717A) (RGB: 228, 113, 122)
Medium Carmine Pink (ISCC-NBS Carmine #6) (Hex: #C08181) (RGB: 192, 128, 125)
Carmine Pink-Orange (Hex: #E66761) (RGB: 230, 103, 97)
Deep Carmine Pink-Orange (Hex: #E53D43) (RGB: 229, 61, 67)
Rich Carmine Pink-Orange (Hex: #EB4C42) (RGB: 235, 76, 66)
Deep Carmine Pink (Hex: #EF3038) (RGB: 239, 48, 36)
Carmine Red (Electric Carmine) (Hex: #FF0038) (RGB: 255, 0, 56)
Rich Carmine Red (Hex: #EB003C) (RGB: 235, 0, 60)
Rich Carmine (Chinese Carmine) (Maerz & Paul) (Hex: #D70040) (RGB: 215, 0, 64)
Spanish Carmine (Carmin (Gallego & Sanz)) (Hex: #D10047) (RGB: 209, 0, 71))[2]
Pictorial Carmine (Carmin (Pictorio) (Gallego & Sanz)) (Hex: #C30B4E) (RGB: 195, 11, 78))[2]
Rose Red (Pantone TPX 18-1852)) (Hex: #C21E56) (RGB: 194, 30, 86)
Deep Carmine Ruby (Hex: #BE3262) (RGB: 190, 50, 98)
Deep Carmine Rose (Carmine (Pantone TPX 17-1831)) (Hex: #BB466F) (RGB: 187, 70, 111)
Carminorubaceous (Hex: #BC2350) (RGB: 188, 35, 80)
Deep Rich Carmine (ISCC-NBS Carmine #11) (Hex: #BE0032) (RGB: 190, 0, 50)
Deep Carmine Red (ISCC-NBS Carmine #12) (Hex: #BC3F4A) (RGB: 188, 63, 74)
Medium Carmine (Hex: #AF4035) (RGB: 175, 64, 53)
Deep Carmine (Hex: #A9203E) (RGB: 169, 32, 62)
Japanese Carmine (Cochineal Red (Japanese traditional colors)) (Hex: #9D2933) (RGB: 157, 41, 51)
CARMINE (Pourpre.com) (Hex: #960018) (RGB: 150, 0, 24)
Dark Carmine (ISCC-NBS Carmine #13) (Hex: #841B2D) (RGB: 132, 27, 45)



References[change | edit source]

  1. Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 192 Color Sample: Page 29 Plate 3 Color Sample K5 (Note: The color sample matches the color shown above as Rich Carmine.)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gallego, Rosa; Sanz, Juan Carlos (2005). Guía de coloraciones (Gallego, Rosa; Sanz, Juan Carlos (2005). Guide to Colorations) Madrid: H. Blume. ISBN 84-89840-31-8

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