BRITISH COLOUR COUNCIL. The British Colour Council Dictionary of Colours for Interior Decoration. 3 volumes (2 of colour samples and a third volume of text). III: xxi, , 28, [6, memoranda] pp. Two sample volumes, 255 x 200 mm, bound in matching red cloth bolted binders, together in a matching red slipcase with text volume, 260 x 210 mm, bound in red cloth with silver lettering and emblem on front cover. London: British Colour Council, 1949.
As the British Colour Council developed its services to industry it became apparent that the bias in the dictionary towards colours for textiles made it less relevant as a standard reference work for Interior Decoration. Some colours which were suitable for clothes were insufficiently permanent for application to carpets, curtains and upholstery fabric, while others were technically impracticable for use in the pottery and glass industries, in porcelain and vitreous enamel or in the making of paint or other materials used in decorating.
In 1949 the Council published the "Dictionary of Colours for Interior Decoration". This work consisted of three volumes, two of colour samples and the other a slim list of names and a history of the colours.
The 378 colours illustrated were shown on three surfaces - matt, gloss and a pile fabric (like carpet). One reference name and number was given for the colour shown in three forms, and it was stressed that the surface required should be made clear when the Dictionary was used to specify a colour match. Number 924 of 7500 copies.
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