Taupe

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Taupe refers to a dark grayish-brown color. The word "taupe" derives from the Latin name for the European Mole, Talpa europaea.

Originally, this referred only to the average color of the French mole,[1] but like the colors pink and lavender, the name expanded (in the case of taupe beginning in the 1940s) to encompass a wide range of varying shades. It seems that this occurred because the color of the fur of the mole can itself be a wide range of shades, from gray through yellowish, brownish, and even purplish.

The first use of taupe as a color name in English was in the early 1800s (exact year is not known). [2]

Meaning of taupe[change | change source]



Tones of taupe color comparison chart[change | change source]

Name Color HEX Code Red Green Blue Hue Sat Lum Source
Taupe Beige #EBC2AF 235 194 175 019° 60% 80%
Taos Taupe #BFAA80 191 170 128 040° 33% 63% (Pantone TPX 15-1119)
Pale Taupe #BC987E 188 152 126 025° 32% 62% (www.99colors.net) (Mouse)
Light Taupe #B38B6D 179 139 109 026° 32% 56% (Taupe (Crayola colored pencils))
Warm Taupe #B29784 178 151 132 025° 23% 61% (Pantone TPX 16-1318)
Pastel Taupe #AF9E89 175 158 137 033° 19% 61% (Light Taupe (Pantone TPX 16-1210))
Simply Taupe #ABA092 71 100 146 034° 13% 62% (Pantone TPX 16-0906)
Plaza Taupe #A79E8B 167 158 139 041° 14% 60% (Pantone TPX 16-1105)
Perfect Taupe #A99F95 169 159 149 030° 10% 62% (Resene color list)
Desert Taupe #A18178 161 129 120 013° 18% 55% (Pantone TPX 17-1311)
Sandy Taupe #967117 150 113 23 043° 73% 34% (ISCC-NBS)
Taupe Gray #8B8589 139 133 137 320° 3% 53% (ISCC-NBS)
Medium Taupe Gray #88786A 136 120 106 028° 12% 47% (Taupe Gray (Pantone TPX 17-8080))
Rose Taupe #905D5D 144 93 93 000° 22% 46% (ISCC-NBS)
Mauve Taupe #915F6D 145 95 109 343° 21% 47% (ISCC-NBS)
Deep Rose Taupe #7E5E60 126 94 96 356° 15% 43% (Rose Taupe (Pantone TPX 18-1612))
Deep Taupe #715F6D 113 92 86 313° 009% 41% (Pantone TPX 18-1312)
Taupe Brown #674C47 103 76 71 009° 18% 34% ISCC-NBS) (Medium Taupe)
Purple Taupe #504040 80 64 77 000° 11% 28% (www.99colors.net)
Taupe #483C32 72 60 50 027° 18% 24% (ISCC-NBS) (Taupe (Maerz and Paul))(Dark Taupe)
French Taupe #463F32 70 63 50 039° 17% 24% (Taupe (pourpre.com))


References[change | change source]

  1. Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 205; Discussion of the color Taupe, Page 183
  2. Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 205; Discussion of Color Taupe, Page 183; Color Sample of Taupe: Page 55 Plate 16 Color Sample A6

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