Based on the 'evil eye symbol' of Mediterranean and Middle East tradtion which is worn to ward off the envious gazes or high praise of onlookers that may bring you bad luck.
The people who praise you probably mean you no harm, but still, evil spirits can piggyback in on their words or looks, and put a bad luck curse on you.
Often set on a blue background the 'evil eye' stares back at the world to ward off the evil spirits and keep you safe from harm. It is one of the most common items of decoration in any Mediterranean home, in any car, or on any person. You can see the charm hanging above doorways, dangling from the wrists of young women and pinned to the shirts or cots of newborn babies.
The most popular evil eye charm color is blue, which symbolizes water because water is precious — with water things prosper and grow, and without it, things shrivel and die. The color blue reminds people of fresh, cool water.
In the Jewish faith, the color red is often associated with luck and good fortune, so red is also a popular color.
When the Evil Eye appears in other colors besides blue or red, it is usually for fashion reasons — color coordination with one's wardrobe. Alternative colors have every bit as much protective power as the traditional blue ones.
The 'evil eye' goes back thousands of years. The earliest written references to the 'evil eye' occur on Sumerian clay tablets dating to the third millennium BC. Agate beads of exceptional quality, worn to protect the wearer from the influence of the evil eye, were also discovered in royal Sumerian graves at Ur.
In Turkey and Greece, throughout the republics of Central Asia, and all the way to the Turkic regions of western China — the effects of the "evil eye" are believed real, and genuinely feared.
Here, the Evil Eye has been adapted for use in area rugs and silk scarves.