Marengo (color)

Marengo is a shade of gray (black with gray tinge) or blue colors.[5][6] Sometimes the color is described as a color of a wet asphalt. In the cloth manufacturing industry, marengo usually refers to the color of the fabric and means black or dark brown with small inclusions of white. Sometimes the word refers to black fabric with white threads.[7]

About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#4C5866
HSV       (h, s, v)(212°, 25%, 40%)
sRGBB  (rgb)(76, 88, 102)
ISCC–NBS descriptorGrayish blue
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#D7D7D7
HSV       (h, s, v)(0°, 0%, 84%)
sRGBB  (rgb)(215, 215, 215)
ISCC–NBS descriptorLight gray
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)


The name marengo appeared in Europe in the 18th century and meant a dark brown fabric with white speckles. The fabric was initially produced in the village of Spinetta Marengo in northern Italy. In France, the color was called marengo ou brun (marengo or brown).[8] After the Battle of Marengo of 14 June 1800, in which Napoleon Bonaparte's troops defeated the Austrian army, marengo became known as gray or black fabric with splashes of white or gray thread. This color became associated with a gray overcoat that Bonaparte briefly brought into vogue. Napoleon's famous war mount was also called Marengo.[9] Marengo color became popular in Russia, and, at the beginning of the 19th century, there appeared another, light gray variation of the color called marengo-claire (marengo light).

Bataille d'Iena. 14 octobre 1806 (1836) by Horace Vernet. Napoleon wears a marengo overcoat.


The marengo color was used in the Soviet Union for various uniforms. In 1921, the color was approved for Navy uniforms. In 1923, the Soviet Militsiya received new uniforms of marengo color.[10]

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  1. ^ "#4c5866 (Маренго)" (in Russian). Archived from the original on 4 August 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Маренго" (in Russian). Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  3. ^ "PINGOUIN 3,5 -- MARENGO CLAIR". Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Pelote Pingouin 3.5 - 065 marengo clair". Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Marengo". Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Marengo". Colour Lovers. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Чем цвет Бёдра испуганной нимфы отличается от цвета Адского пламени, или какие бывают цвета. (часть 6)". Культура и искусство. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  8. ^ Филипыч, Филип (9 September 2015). "Франкофония. Marengo ou brun". Дилетант (in Russian). Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Warhorses of Letters: Episode 2". BBC. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Форма одежды и знаки различия милиции январь 1923 - ноябрь 1928 года" (in Russian). Retrieved 25 May 2016.

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