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.
This colour term arose during the Victorian era and had great popularity. The colour what standardised in 1934. One of the lighter tones of the ‘famille Rose’ found in Chinese porcelain, this enamel then made its first appearance at the beginning of the 19th century and thereafter became a characteristic colour.
A descriptive name from a colour found in various cultivated species of columbine or Aquilegia, an Eastern North American native wildflower. The name "Columbine" comes from the Latin for "Dove, due to the resemblance of the inverted flower to five doves clustered together.