Cheesecloth-backed wall and ceiling covering
Anyone know what this stuff is?
I'm buying a 1901 farm house in Silverton, Oregon. Most of the walls and all the ceilings are covered with something I've never seen before. I wouldn't call it "wallpaper".
The backing looks like cheesecloth. That fabric has a layer of what looks like brown paper, which is attached to the fabric. (Almost as if the paper was put onto the fabric while the paper was still wet and it stuck in the fibers.) Over the paper is a coating of some sort -- possibly paint or plaster, feels more like plaster to me. It flexes with the cloth, but is a little stiffer.
Since I don't own the house yet, I hesitate to remove any of it, so I haven't determined exactly how it's put up. But in the places I can get to and press on it, it "gives" a little, which makes me think it isn't glued down. I want to remove all of it.
What is this covering called? How's it attached? Is it safe to remove it without special safety equipment (respirators, etc.)? How about disposal?