Our Moroccan Poufs were handcrafted by specialist artisans over a number of days in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. Morocco has long been known for its renowned leather tanneries, many of which have been in operation since the eleventh century. Those same ancient techniques are still used today to make some of the world's most valuable leather goods, such as the well-known Moroccan Pouf.
Preparing the leather
The process starts with a piece of hand-dyed leather in a leather tannery. Hundreds of large stone vats, arranged in the shape of honeycombs, are filled with various potions designed to speed up the process of turning animal hides into finished leather. Hides are stripped, rehydrated, and then immersed in white vats full of an aromatic concoction that softens the material.
They're then transferred to a new series of stone walls, which contain a dizzying rainbow of natural vegetable colors (think saffron, bark, henna, and mint). The hides are physically dipped and churned in these vats before being set out on the medina's rooftops to dry in the sun, then stretched on a wooden frame. It takes an average of 20 days to finish the process, which is incredibly labor-intensive.
Stitching it all togetherAfter allowing the leather to cure in the African heat, it is meticulously carved into shape. Each pouf is made out of at least 36 separate parts that are hand sewed together with 'Sabra Silk.' Sabra Silk is a hand-loomed fabric made from natural fibers gathered from cacti in the Sahara Desert and colored with vegetable dye.
The unique Moroccan motifs on the upper side of the pouf are totally hand-sewn on.
The end result
Because Moroccan poufs aren't mass-produced in a factory but rather handcrafted in a small workshop, they're not perfect in shape, color, or size and may have flaws. This not only makes your pouf one-of-a-kind, but it also confirms its actual Moroccan origins.