However, the term “taupe” is vague in its application. Various shades of color that tend towards gray-brown are given the addition "Taupe" or simply referred to as "Taupe". Such tones are widely used in fashion , interior design , industrial design, and graphics . But designers and artists also often disagree about what should be called “taupe”.
Originally the color only referred to the (average) color of the French mole. As with the colors pink or lavender , the term (in the case of taupe in the early 1940s) was expanded to include a wide range of different shades. Meanwhile, the different coat colors of the moles do not explain the entire color spectrum achieved in the 2010s.
- Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York: 1930 McGraw-Hill, p. 205; Discussion of the color taupe, page 183