A colour found in Genoese fabrics of the 16th Century. By the mid 15th Century the silk industry had become the largest employer in Genoa, but the growth of this industry was particularly strong in the 16th century. Two kinds of Genoese silk fabrics were very highly reputed in Europe: silk fabric woven with silver and gold threads and teciopelo (triple velvet).
A descriptive name from a colour found in various cultivated species of columbine or Aquilegia, an Eastern North American native wildflower. The name "Columbine" comes from the Latin for "Dove, due to the resemblance of the inverted flower to five doves clustered together.