Taupe (pronunciation: /ˈtoʊp/ tohp) is a dark tan color in-between brown and gray. The word derives from the French noun taupe meaning “mole”. The name originally referred only to the average color of the French mole, but beginning in the 1940s, its usage expanded to encompass a wider range of shades.
According to the Dictionary of Color, the first use of “taupe” as a color name in English was in the early 19th century; but the earliest citation recorded by the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1911. Wikipedia