mulberry silk shades


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I am reading a novel by Betty Neels, there is a part she is describing the scene in a country house she says:

There were high-backed, rush-seated chairs on either side of the table, which held a great bowl of hyacinths, and wall-sconces with mulberry silk shades.

What is mulberry here, the wood, the shape of the fruit, or maybe a color? I thought the wall-sconce is of mulberry wood nd has a sil shades, am I right?
  • Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    Please always give the title of the source.

    It's the shades of the sconces (wall lights), that are made of 'mulberry silk'. It must mean the colour mulberry, a beautiful blue-red.
    Real silk came from the thread of mulberry worm cocoons. These worms feed on mulberry trees but we don't call the fabric silk 'mulberry' silk as if there were other sorts of silk worms. Nevertheless there's a suggestion of costliness, despite the rusticity of rush-seated chairs.