Monday, July 18, 2011

Pouf! Well-Loved Vintage Moroccan Pouf/Ottoman

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As soon as I saw this haggard, beat-up, well-worn beauty at an estate sale last weekend, I snatched it up without hesitation!

I wasn't quite sure about the history of a piece like this, but it reminded me of the poufs that are all the rage. It also reminded me of a piece that my neighbor has in her home. She said it had been her father's and that he had gotten it in Morocco on one of his many travels.

To learn more about them, I did what all good bloggers would do...googled it! I found these similar but new Moroccan poufs/ottomans online...

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Source: Mosaik Interiors (Moroccan Camel Pouf), Price: $199

Gold-Stamped Leather Pouf
Source: From Morocco with Love (Gold-Stamped Leather Pouf), Price: $99

Source: (Genuine Leather Camel Ottoman [Moroccan]), Price: $103.99

Now, you know that I did not pay $100 or more for my vintage Moroccan pouf/ottoman. Especially in its well-loved condition. In fact, when I went to the checkout line, the guy running the estate sale referred to it as "the ugly footstool." I'm sure he didn't think anyone would buy it, and it was priced accordingly. In fact, had I been on my game, I probably could have gotten it for less. What did I pay? Eight lovely dollars.

Oh, it's definitely rough around the edges, and it was obviously well-loved and put to use. That's what vintage is all about. I appreciate its history (and its modest, flawed beauty).


  1. Very cool old piece! I wonder how old it actually is! I would have paid the $8. too! Great find..and I love the fabric on that chair-it looks like summer sunshine to me! xo Diana

  2. A treasure for sure. You definetly know how to spot a bargain. hugs ~lynne~

  3. I think it is lovely!! And a great find at a fabulous price!!
    Ugly indeed!! Ha!

  4. MMM...I can just see Rick and Elsa having a little tete-a-tete on this foof of a pouf!

  5. Love the pouf what a great find. Hugs-Carrie {the vintage wren}

  6. I have a question: how is the pouf stuffed/sewn together at the bottom? I have one from my great grandfather that has never been stuffed. there is a slit at the bottom but I'm not quite sure what to do with it. Thanks!

    1. Hi, Courtney. I no longer have the pouf, so I am not able to check it for you. If I come across some info, I'll let you know! :)


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