A pale blue tinted grey several times lighter than Moonstone Gray that was reproduced as French Grey in an American colour book; used a grey of this name illustrated in Werner’s nomenclature of colours, recorded for the first time in 1814. Standardised in 1934.
Named from the color often found in oriental rugs from the Bokhara district of Turkestan. Traditionally made by the Turkmen tribes the rugs were made almost entirely from locally obtained materials,. Using wool from the herds and vegetable dyes, or other natural dyes from the land to create the Bokhara grey colour.
It is so called because the colour is the shade of grey from the specular micaceous hematite paint used for rustproofing iron and steel battleships. The darker of the two ship greys of our colour standard. A colour standardised in 1934.
A descriptive name. The colour is characteristic of one of many tones found in coal ash. The use of this colour in interior decoration particularly in carpets, paint and laminated plastics is comparatively modern. The first recorded use of ash grey as a colour name in English was in 1374.