As we have learnt 本 and 末, we have these two Chinese characters created with indicators drawn upon root or treetop of a tree. 朱 is created with an indicator drawn upon the trunk of a tree.
Let us examine its evolution history to confirm: (image get from http://www.vividict.com)
|Learn one Chinese Character a day - 朱|
Wood were used as the majority construction material for all Chinese buildings, furniture. And wood with natural red colour is the favourite one. Below is the image of such kind of wood. For more information on Chinese Red Wood furniture can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_furniture
|Typical Chinese Red Wood Furniture|
朱 is now also a family name. Maybe ancestors of 朱 family lived nearby a forest of red wood.
Let us enjoy a Chinese calligraphy with 朱 inside to end our lesson today: