Cordovan (color)

Cordovan (color)
About these coordinates

— Color coordinates —

Hex triplet #893F45
RGBB (r, g, b) (137, 63, 69)
HSV (h, s, v) (337°, 89%, 94%)
Source Pantone Color Planner[1]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Cordovan is a rich shade of burgundy and a dark shade of rose. Cordovan takes its name from the city of Cordoba, Spain, where the production of shell cordovan leather was first practiced by the Visigoths in the seventh century.[2] The term cordovan has come to describe the color of clothing, leather in particular.

The first recorded use of cordovan as a color name in English was in 1925.[3]

Cordovan in culture



  • Cordovan is a popular color for mens shoes:
    • Cordovan wingtips were popular in the 1950s.
    • Cordovan loafers became associated with preppies in the 1980s.


  • Cordovan colored leather gear and footwear are standard issue in the U.S. National Park Service.

See also


  1. ^ Shah, David. "Pantone View Color Planner Summer 2007 Key Color Combinations". Metropolitan Publishing of Amsterdam. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  2. ^ Constable, Olivia Remie (1994). Trade and Traders in Muslim Spain. Cambridge University Press. 
  3. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 193; Color Sample of Cordovan Page 39 Plate 8 Color Sample H8

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