The tan is variously described as pale sandy tan, grayish tan, pale grayish yellowish brown, or pale yellow to grayish. It gets its name from French, where the word originally meant natural wool that hasn’t been bleached or dyed, hence the color of natural wool. Today it is used to describe a variety of light shades chosen for their neutral or pale and warm appearance. Beige was commonly used as a term for a color in France from about 1855 to 1860. The writer Edmond de Goncourt used it in the 1877 novel La Fille Elisa. The first recorded use of beige as a color name in English was in 1887. Beige is notoriously difficult to produce in traditional CMYK offset printing due to low ink levels. used in every dish; It is often printed in purple or green and varies within an edition.