Red as a status symbol

During the control of the Romans only the emperor was allowed to wear purple dyed clothes. The senators had to be satisfied with a purple ribbon on their toga. Also the German emperors and the cardinals used purple coloured clothes as a status symbol of power. Up to the French Revolution a dressing rule determined, who was allowed to wear what and which colours. Only the rich aristocrats were allowed to wear pure colours. (Thomas Seilnacht)

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Red as protection against bad influences and as a sign for luck and good feeling (red roses)