These beautiful leather pouffes/ottomans are hand-stitched by artisans in Marrakesh. They are made using hand-dyed leather and decorated with embroidery. It often takes a full day to produce one of these stunning pieces of craft. They are very popular in the interior design world and it’s clear to see why as they instantly bring style and a piece of Morocco to a room. They are also multi-functional- they can be used not only as a footstool but as extra seating. Another idea is to place a brass tray on top, doubling the pouffe up into a small side or coffee table.
This is a natural leather material so may have some minor imperfections, this gives them their authenticity. Traditional methods are used in Morocco to cure animal hides which leave a strong smell to the leather but be assured gradually this smell will disappear altogether upon airing.
To care for your pouffe use a dry or slightly damp cloth to remove dirt or spills, keep water to a minimum and avoid cleaning products such as polishes, soaps etc. unless it is specifically for leather products.
Your pouffe can be stuffed with a number of different things you will have already in your home such as plastic bags, old scrunched up newspapers, cushion fillers of all sizes, old garments. You can even use them as an additional storage unit for clothes, store your winter clothes in summer and your summer clothes in winter, traditionally this is what the Berbers did with their pouffes. Alternatively, you can visit a furniture upholsterer and they can stuff it for you.
Step by step guide to stuffing your pouffe:
Make sure the material you are using is clean and dry
The zipper is located on the bottom of the pouf. Unzip the pouf and open it out to its full shape
Start by gradually filling the sides at the top of your pouf to ensure that all the nooks and crannies are fully stuffed. This will prevent dimples and bumps in the finished pouf
Continue stuffing evenly – add a layer of stuffing and push it down firmly (again, ensuring that the sides and seams are fully filled out) before moving on to add another layer