LEATHERWORK and OTTOMANS

Ottomans are a very popular handmade leather products, originally designed to rest someone’s feet. One can find all sizes, colors, shapes and prices. One could define them as an additional seat for example but originally the Ottoman was usually sold alone or by two with the living room sofa.

It was and still is used to put our feet on it for more comfort. Mind you, the word ottoman is also the name of a fabric with a pronounced ribbed or corded effect, often made of silk or a mixture of cotton and other silk like yarns used for formal dress.

Origin of the ottomans
The interior decoration with ottomans started in the nineteenth century. These were small stools with coverings and ruffles concealing the ottoman legs. It was towards the end of the century that it began to become particularly popular.

The word Ottoman would find its origin in the Arabic and Ottoman (Turkish) language. It designates a cushion without arms or backrest used in the Middle East and North Africa. In fact, it allows to be comfortably seated on the ground and to draw comfortably in the single dish placed in the center of the guests.

Ottomans are now a piece of furniture that can be self-sufficient. It depends on the size, the material used to make it (leather, PVC, fabric of more or less good quality, etc.) and its upholstery. In fact, the Ottomans can be filled with any material. For those who like to be slumped on the ground, the pear-shaped ottoman is ideal.

Rectangular, round or square leather ottomans often offer hidden storage space when you lift the seat and elegance of the leather in fact decorating objects of the most beautiful effect in a living room.

Children are not forgotten! There are also ottomans expressly designed for them with smaller dimensions and cheerful colors and designs.

Leather is a noble material for your ottoman which is not just a fanciful accessory. It can be very classy and become an integral part of your interior decoration. Black or white, or even in color, your leather ottoman will blend very well in your modern and contemporary living room.

Ottomans can in fact be made of fabric, leather, even plastic and be filled with Styrofoam beads, foam, news ceramics and much more. Leather ottomans can fill more than one use. Leather cocktail ottomans are also very popular, filling the role of both footstool and, with the addition of a tray, a coffee table.

But why the ottomans?
The interior decoration is a universe that is increasingly appreciated by the population. It is no longer exclusively dedicated to professionals. Indeed, many TV shows are at the origin of this craze. Today, we all can take care of our interior decoration, without calling a specialist. We are in an era dominated by modernity. The decoration is no longer limited to the minimum utilitarian (cupboard, bed, chair, etc.).

In fact, many decorating enthusiasts are buying accessories to sublimate their interiors. The Ottoman is part of it, due to its very important infatuation. They have now become more and more fashionable and are now an inevitable piece of decoration. Many people have one to decorate their homes with a touch of modernity. The leather ottoman is a good example.

The Ottoman is very present in the Oriental decoration. In the North African souks (traditional markets), it is sold flat and can be stuffed with old newspapers and rags. It is in leather and adorned with traditional motifs.

What is the point of choosing ottomans rather than a couch or another seat?
The Ottomans have many strong assets. First their economic price compared to an armchair, in addition to their comfort. An ottoman is above all comfortable and fluffy. From a practical point of view, it can be moved easily from one place to another, since it is not heavy at all. In order to maintain their comfort, it is important to change their padding from time to time. A fabric trim can for example be changed with old clothes. However, these models do not show high stability. If you are looking for a very designed ottoman, leather models are the best according to many users.

As for leather work in Tunisia, this activity has been a civilization symbol during the most important stages of history, ranging from prehistory through the Islamic period then the Husaynite era suffers today great difficulties that threaten its sustainability. Calf skin played a large role in the history of the founding of Carthage in year 814 BC. The leather industry has also occupied an important place in the economy just after the Islamic occupation of Ifriquia (old name of Tunisia), period during which the leather bookbinding and calligraphy on leather flourished.

The history of the most ancient leather-bound Coran dates from the year 907, then this job has been very successful during the Husaynite era marked by the creation of leather products souks (traditional markets), such as Blaghjia (footwear), Sarrajine (horse saddles), Sakkajine (satchels, bags…) at the beginning of the 17th century. The term Sakkajine is a mutation of Al-sakkazine, referring to traditional craftsmen who made achkouz, saddles of high-quality leather.

In some European books, it is instead called Souk des Selliers, meaning “souk of saddlers”. The souk has existed since the 15th century CE. It was revived in the 18th century by Al-Hussein I ibn Ali of the Husainid Dynasty. In modern times, the souk has a variety of merchants now but there are only two saddle makers remaining there…. The souk has two monuments: a tomb of the unknown soldier and the tomb of the Mallorcan writer Anselm Turmeda.

The ottomans? try it is adopt it!

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