The ottoman historically has it's roots in the Arabic, Balkan and North African countries. The earliest forms of the footstools were low to the ground with no legs and completely upholstered in either fabric or leather. Traditionally they were used for storage; another concept slightly foreign to the Europeans and Americans. In Turkey, they were designed tall and lean like their head wear. In Morocco pouffes are generally sold flat to be eventually stuffed (or puffed out) with fabric or newspaper.
For some reason, the ottoman is one of my favorite forms of furniture. It is precious in that it is small, close to the earth and intimate with a more direct physical interaction. It must have something to do with my Greco-Anglo heritage, but in my mind it is a piece that carries a lot of history, resonating the eventual melding of cultures which was soon to take place with the oncoming mass immigrations in the late 19th century and beyond.
The diversity in form and function of the ottoman makes it a most enchanting addition to any space as far as interior design goes. For smaller spaces, it proves invaluable in it's capacity for additional seating and storage. Another reason I love this form of upholstered seating is that it gives us the chance to use a fun or boldly designed fabric which can serve as a statement, putting a dash of spice or an accent within the overall design of your space.
I have found a smattering of charming and elegant options for your viewing that are available for purchase and fall within all budget ranges. Whether you are looking to outfit your mansion, apartment or dorm room, I feel sure that there is an ottoman or two out there for you.
|Aranda Ottoman/Blue $598|
|Lewis Ottoman $229|
|Nassau Ottoman 20" $349|
|Giraffe print faux leather storage ottoman $70.78|
|Madame X Ottoman. Bright Chair Company. To the trade only.|
|Moulin Burlap Cube $269|
|Essex Dhurrie Ottoman-Geo. Sale price: $509|
|Liana Spagetti Ottoman by award-winning green design company Pie Studio.|