I do find the color mauve fascinating. I never knew it was the first coal-tar color and what an impact it had on society. And maybe I was skewed by the color by growing up in the 80's and having everything labeled "mauve"
I thought I knew exactly what mauve looked like, I thought it was just another word for "Dusty Rose" and looked like this...
I maybe should explain why this color and the color name is so intriguing for me. Back in the mid 80's and continuing on for 10 years I sold window coverings and right at the time that mauve was at its hey-day (OK besides the Victorian age, but then again the 80's had a Victorian bend to it in decorating at least). But I am know coming to realize the 80's mauve is a lighter, more pink version. Her are some other images that show the color mauve and I remembered it.
Oh, and I much prefer the original mauve and the Radiant Orchid and the original Perkin's mauve to the 80's version.