Mature Persian Berries (100g)

Persian Berries (Rhamnus cartharticus) or Avignon berries are amongst my favourite dyes and I usually have a pot on the go. They were extensively used in the Middle Ages to yield a golden yellow veering towards bronze. They are high in tannin which means they will dye cotton and other cellulose fibres well, but also dye wool too. Add a rusty nail or two to the dye bath to achieve a lovely olive green.

Persian berries are substantive (they need no mordant), but you will get a better fix and depth of colour if fibres are pre-mordanted with Alum.

These berries come from Rhamnus cartharticus, the purging buckthorn, a native to Britain and used extensively in hedging in England and a good source of food for the brimstone butterfly, which will travel  up to twenty miles in search of it.



11 in stock (can be backordered)


Mature Persian Berries give  strong lightfast yellow that gives excellent exhaust.   It is excellent for cotton and other cellulose fibres as it is high in tannin  and is often used  in Ink making .

The name , along with Avignon berries was the name given in the  Middle Ages as the berries come from a variety  Rhamnus species but usually Rhamnus catharticus , the purging buckthorn.


Additional information

Weight .0115 kg
Dimensions 35.3 × 25.0 × 2.5 cm