Why Red?

The red motif of Russia actually stems from “krasniy,” which in old Rus language means beautiful. Today the Russian word for the color red is krasniy as well. Moreover, red was the color of choice for rugs that lined the interiors of Russian izbushkas, teremoks and other living quarters. You can see this in the well preserved cabin of Peter the Great on his estate which is open to the public – the grounds are free and the structures serve as museums with a tiny admission fee. Russians began to line their homes long ago to counter the long, depressing winters when most were confined to their homes.

A Room in the Hermitage

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