Reading Cloud Atlas, and ran into the following sentence:

My new room is big enough for badminton doubles...centuries-old Cordova peels off the walls like dragons’ scales...

What’s Cordova refer to above? It sounds like wallpaper, and there appears to be a library (programming library) named dealing with Cordova wallpaper, but otherwise google only returned results for wallpapering services in locations called Cordova.


Cordoba leather is a type of painted and gilded leather that can be used as a wall covering.

  • This answer is obviously correct, and yet it raises a deep mystery—namely, why would Chrysler name an automobile model "Cordoba" and then make a selling point of its seats being available in "fine Corinthian leather"? – Sven Yargs May 26 '18 at 23:06

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