Taupe

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Taupe
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#483C32
sRGBB  (rgb)(72, 60, 50)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 60, 60, 30)
HSV       (h, s, v)(30°, 17%, 34%)
SourceISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)
 
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Taupe (#483C32)

A mole

Taupe (pronunciation: /ˈtp/ TOHP) is a dark grayish brown or brownish gray. It takes its name from the French word for mole, and from the Latin name for the European Mole, Talpa europaea.[1]

Originally, this referred only to the average color of the French mole,[2] 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.

Taupe is a vague, unscientific color term which may be used to refer to almost any grayish-brown, brownish-gray, or warm gray color. It often overlaps with tan and even people who use color professionally (such as designers and artists) frequently disagree as to what "taupe" means. Taupe itself, however, is not directly correlated with such colors as purple or pink. There is no single, generally recognized authority for such terms, but the addition of such colors can create a wider variety of shades which can benefit either art.

Taupe
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#483C32
sRGBB  (rgb)(72, 60, 50)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 60, 60, 30)
HSV       (h, s, v)(30°, 17%, 34%)
SourceISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The color displayed at right matches the color sample called taupe referenced below in the 1930 book A Dictionary of Color, the world standard for color terms before the invention of computers. However, the word taupe may often be used to refer to lighter shades of taupe today, and therefore another name for this color is dark taupe.

The first use of "taupe" as a color name in English was in the early 19th century (exact year is not known).[3]

Variations of taupe[edit]

Pale taupe (mouse)[edit]

Pale Taupe
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#BC987E
sRGBB  (rgb)(188, 152, 126)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0%, 19.1%, 33.0%, 26.3%)
HSV       (h, s, v)(25°, 33%, 74%)
Source[1]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Pale taupe is a dusky dark tan/brownish grey color. A British paint color called mouse's back is similar in color and source of name.[4] This color is also called mouse.

The first recorded use of mouse as a color name in English was in 1606.[5]


Light taupe[edit]

Taupe (Crayola)
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#B38B6D
sRGBB  (rgb)(179, 139, 109)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0%, 22, 39, 30)
HSV       (h, s, v)(26°, 39%, 70[6]%)
SourceCrayola
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Light taupe (dark tan) is the light tone of taupe that is the color called taupe in Crayola colored pencils.


Mauve taupe[edit]

Mauve Taupe
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#915F6D
sRGBB  (rgb)(145, 95, 109)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, , , )
HSV       (h, s, v)(285°, 37%, 54%)
SourceISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

At right is displayed the color mauve taupe.

The first recorded use of mauve taupe as a color name in English was in 1925.[7]

A popular brand of professional plastic chessboards marketed to chess masters in the 1960s had squares of this color and the color magnolia because it was felt that those two colors were both easy on the eyes and aesthetic together. These boards were used by chess master George Koltanowski in his chess tournaments in which he played blindfolded against dozens of people at a time.[citation needed]


Rose taupe[edit]

Rose Taupe
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#905D5D
sRGBB  (rgb)(144, 93, 93)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, , , )
HSV       (h, s, v)(330°, 42%, 46%)
SourceISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The color displayed at right is rose taupe.

The first recorded use of rose taupe as a color name in English was in 1924.[8]


Sandy taupe[edit]

Sandy Taupe
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#967117
sRGBB  (rgb)(150, 113, 23)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 20, 80, 10)
HSV       (h, s, v)(43°, 85%, 59%)
SourceISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

At right is displayed the color sandy taupe.

This color is also called taupe sand.


Taupe gray[edit]

Taupe Gray
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#8B8589
sRGBB  (rgb)(139, 133, 137)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(1, 2, 2, 49)
HSV       (h, s, v)(30°, 1%, 60%)
SourceISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Displayed at right is the color taupe gray.


Deep taupe[edit]

Deep Taupe
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#7E5E60
sRGBB  (rgb)(126, 94, 96)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 25, 24, 51)
HSV       (h, s, v)(356°, 25%, 49[9]%)
SourcePantone TPX[10]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The color deep taupe is displayed at right.

The source of this color is the "Pantone Textile Paper eXtended (TPX)" color list, color #18-1612 TPX—Deep Taupe.[11]


Taupe brown[edit]

Taupe Brown (ISCC-NBS #46)
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#674C47
sRGBB  (rgb)(103, 76, 71)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 30, 60, 35)
HSV       (h, s, v)(9°, 31%, 40%)
SourceISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The color taupe brown is a very dark shade of tan that almost appears brown and is displayed at right.

This is the color shown as the color taupe brown in ISCC-NBS color sample #46.

Another name for this color is medium taupe.


Purple taupe[edit]

Purple Taupe
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#50404D
sRGBB  (rgb)(80, 64, 77)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 100, 60, 25)
HSV       (h, s, v)(311°, 20%, 31%)
Source[2]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The color purple taupe is shown at right.

Purple taupe is a purplish tone of taupe.


Taupe in culture[edit]

Design

Fashion

Film

Television

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary
  2. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York: 1930 McGraw-Hill page 205; Discussion of Color Taupe, page 183.
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Friedman, Joseph. Paint and Color in Decoration. Rizzoli New York: 2003. Page 87. ISBN 0-8478-2593-0.
  5. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 199; Color Sample of Mouse: Page 53 Plate 15 Color Sample C6
  6. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #B38B6D (Light Taupe):
  7. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 203; Color Sample of Mauve Taupe Page 37 Plate 7 Color Sample C8
  8. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 203; Color Sample of Rose Taupe Page 55 Plate 16 Color Sample A4
  9. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #7E5E60 (Deep Taupe):
  10. ^ Type the words "Deep Taupe" into the indicated window on the Pantone Color Finder and the color will appear.
  11. ^ Pantone TPX Pantone Color Finder--Type the words "Deep Taupe" into the indicated window on the Pantone Color Finder and the color will appear:

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