Like it or not the Pouffe is a design piece that is here to stay. Pouffes come in many shapes and styles but an authentic Pouf from Morocco is the best choice to stand up to the rigours of everyday life - after all they were designed to withstand the tough desert life of the Morocco and Africa.
There are many cheap alternatives flooding the market and it is very easy to end up with a very smelly, poorly stitched or fake leather variety if you are not careful. We have put together a checklist for you to ensure that you are buying an authentic leather Pouffe from Morocco that will give you years of pleasure.
1. Is it Real Leather?
Be sure to confirm that the pouffe you are purchasing is not an alternative to leather. Bonded leather and other varieties of manufactured "leather" will very quickly begin to wear and instead of the lovely ageing characteristics you would get with authentic leather you will very quickly have unsightly cracking and peeling.
2. Check the Stitching
One of the beautiful features of an authentic Moroccan pouffe is the hand stitching that creates the distinctive look and adds intricate designs. Factory stitched pieces use cotton that is less durable and more likely to come apart at the seams. This is especially important as the stuffing has to be inserted very firmly and puts a lot of strain on the stitching. An authentic pouffe will take a traditional artisan weeks to complete and are a work of art to behold.
3. Stuffed or Unstuffed
Many pouffes are sold unstuffed to keep the cost of postage down. Our recommendation is always to choose a professionally stuffed pouffe where possible. Stuffing is expensive and what you save on postage will very quickly be eaten up with paying for polystyrene and other stuffing materials. We always stuff our pouffes with a mixture of polystyrene and cotton wadding that is imported directly from Morocco for this purpose - we get very little sagging and loss of shape.
Poor or cheaply tanned leather can have a very strong smell. Choosing a high quality, natural leather pouffe that has been tanned by a reputable supplier will avoid this offensive smell.
5. Metallic Versions
Metallic versions of pouffes will inevitably not be natural leather - they are laminated with metallic paint and do not have the longevity and natural wearing qualities of authentic leather.
Visit us to to see our range of authentic Moroccan Leather Pouffes