Finally, finally, finally, the beautiful, functional, highly versatile pouf seems to have captured thoroughly the imagination of contemporary interior design and decor. Immensely popular, the pouf is showing up on innumerable websites, decorating magazines, blogs and television commercials. It's quite the trend, and I couldn't be more excited to bring it to you! I love the Moroccan aesthetic, and I love poufs of all kinds!
The traditional pouf has, of course, been a prevalent and ubiquitous item in Moroccan decor for centuries. Yes, centuries. Leather artisans from Marrakesh are arguably the traditional makers of Moroccan poufs. And as a cultural furnishing, the pouf can be found in homes as palatial and grand as an Emir's, and as simple and humble as a shopkeeper's.
To be clear, a pouf is, at its simplest, a soft, stuffed seat that has no back or arms. Its simplicity of design and form is precisely what makes it such an adaptable, easy furnishing to integrate in almost any decor. Think creatively when considering uses for a pouf. Of course it can be handy as extra seating, but a pouf also makes a lovely footstool, or an occasional or side table. Consider using them in pairs or a group of three. Top one with a tray, and instantly you have a low serving table. A pouf is very handy in a bedroom when you need a small seat for putting on your shoes, or temporarily parking your bag or coat. And in a child's room, it's perfect for tea parties, stuffed toys, or quiet reading. Or perhaps as a perch for a very pampered pet!
An increasingly wide array of materials, patterns, and even variations on shape further stretch the pouf's versatility from casual and utilitarian to highly decorative and culturally formal. Traditionally made of leather, and certainly available in leather in multiple colors, the pouf is now commonly constructed with other cultural textiles, like woven kilim tapestries, Indian batiks and brocades, as well as decorator cottons and upholstery fabrics. Consequently, prices of poufs vary immensely according to the materials of their construction. There exist some truly exquisite pieced leather poufs, and others adorned with intricate embroidery; these can command prices of several hundred dollars.
Online there are so many beautiful poufs from which to choose. First and foremost, we have the traditional, Moroccan poufs, many made of leather. We have other beautiful versions from India, and even American-made, weather-resistant poufs designed for outdoor use.
Stuffing for contemporary poufs also varies widely. But be aware that a pouf is meant to be a solid, reliable shape, so its stuffing should be solid and dense. Coconut fiber, also known as coir, is a common fill material because of its durable character; it is also far less subject to becoming lumpy. Typically a dense core material is padded by cotton batting so that the seat is both soft and solid.
Cheaper methods for stuffing poufs, many of which come to the consumer unstuffed to save on shipping costs, include shredded newspaper, old towels or blankets, shredded foam, even plastic grocery bags! The key, of course, is to stuff the pouf very full and firmly and smoothly. It's not a pillow, remember! It's a seat or a footstool or a table….or whatever you can think to use it for!
Great for a decor update, wonderful as a gift, memorable as an element of interior design, and culturally timeless!
Make your selection, and POUF! You have a magnificent accent!
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Distinct world cultural details are rendered in well-chosen pieces of furniture, a well-placed mirror, an engaging multi-functional pouf, a wall hanging or throws on a neutral couch. You can revise and redirect the character and feel of an existing room with carefully chosen Moroccan accents from Global Home Accents.
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