The first recorded use of beige as a colour name in English was in 1887.
The term originates from beige cloth, a cotton fabric left undyed in its natural colour. Standardised in 1934 from samples submitted by the textile trades. See notes on Ecru.
There is great diversity in the colours shown under this name, ranging from the delicate colour of the skin to the dark flesh of the larger specimins.
Matched to general representation of samples submitted by textile and other colour using industries.
General Representation of samples submitted under this name by textile
and other colour using industries. Before the middle of the sixteenth century,
flesh colour was named Carnation from the Latin ‘Carneus’.