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Moroccan Poufs

Hand stitched by skilled artisans in Morocco, these three poufs are a vibrant, movable seating option in my home. Although poufs are available in a vast array of colors, I love the vivid hue of the pink and orange poufs I found while traveling in Fez and Marrakech. Hand dying and hand stitching of leather hides is a time-honored tradition in Morocco. The ancient dye pits are a popular destination in Fez; visitors can watch as leather hides are lowered into colorful dye vats, dried in the open air, and crafted into poufs and babouches (traditional leather slippers).

In Marrakech, I was introduced to a master leather craftsman named Mustapha Khayati. A colorful, hand stitched collection of poufs and babouches fill his small shop. Mustapha Khayati is often found outside the shop stitching his fine leather goods in the open air. His shop Chez Khayati is located at 5 Rue el Ksour, Marrakech.

Poufs purchased in Morocco are unfilled in order to allow for easy transport. The poufs are filled at home with everything from newspapers to fabric remnants. I have filled the pink and orange poufs with old t-shirts; the poufs have become a time capsule filled with reminders of concerts, events, and clothing my daughter has outgrown.

If you are unable to travel to Morocco, you can purchase high quality poufs from the online shops of John Derian or Jonathan Adler.

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The ancient dying vats of Fez.

3 Comments

  1. What do you use for stuffing?

    I have a leather pouf from Morocco that I’d
    like to put into service.

    I am not crazy about the polyester stuff. Ideas?

    • I agree. I prefer to reuse old clothing, towels, or blankets from my home or local thrift shop to stuff my poufs. Others suggest using plant fibers such as coconut. I do not have a good source for plant fibers and I have concerns these fibers may deteriorate over time. Also, be careful not overstuff your pouf when you first fill it. Overstuffing can cause damage to the zipper. You can add stuffing to the pouf over time if the initial stuffing is not sufficient.

      I am excited you are going to use your leather pouf!

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