Storing the World’s Rarest Colors

When one thinks of valuable entities, commonly we lean toward precious stones, gold, or maybe even water. The Harvard pigment library, however, houses another priceless thing: rare colors, colors that people used to search the world to find. Narayan Khandekar, the collection’s custodian (and the director of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums), says the work is approached …

A Library Filled With the World’s Rarest Pigments

Over 2,500 of the world’s rarest colors are housed inside The Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums. Many of them date back to prehistoric times, when pigments obviously weren’t readily available—they needed to be harvested from natural minerals and materials and further mixed to create just the right color. Fast Company recently visited The Straus Center to take a …