A Dictionary of Colour — Beige RSS



BRITISH COLOUR STANDARD - Ecru No. 218

Colour standardised in 1934 with the following notes: ‘There is considerable confusion concerning the colour named Ecru, Beige and Grège. They are all French, and mean exactly the same thing- the colour of the condition of cloth in its raw, unbleached state. Ecru is simply composed of è and Cru, from the Latin, crudus , rude, crude. Beige is derived from an old dialectical form bei-beges, meaning grey. Originally these names were technical dye-house terms, and their use as fashion colour names dates only from the latter half of the nineteenth Century. With little idea of what words mean, most people believe that they refer to different colors. Ecru refers to unbleached cloth of any kind, silk, cotton, wool or...

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