How a Moroccan Leather pouf is made

March 18, 2019 2 min read

How a Moroccan Leather pouf is made

Made by hand in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, Moroccan Poufs have been handcrafted by specialist artisans for time immemorial.  Morocco has long been celebrated for its famous leather tanneries who can trace their history back many centuries. They still use the same ancient techniques today to create some of the world’s most prized leather goods, including the much-loved Moroccan Pouf.

Poufs can act as footstools, seating, tables, or accents. They can also be easily moved or stored under a table when not in use. For more ideas on how to use Moroccan Poufs, click here.

Preparing the leather

The process begins with a piece of leather dyed by hand in a leather tannery. Hundreds of large stone vats, arranged like honeycombs, are filled with various potions designed to speed along the process of turning animal hides into finished leather. Hides are stripped, rehydrated and then immersed into white vats filled to the brim with an aromatic concoction that softens the material.


They then move it to another set of stone wells that hold an array on natural vegetable dyes (think saffron, bark, henna and mint). They dip the hides into these stone wells and stir the hide. Afterwards, they lay it out to dry on sun-soaked rooftops of the medina, followed by a stretching procedure on a wooden frame. The process is extremely labour-intensive, taking an average of 20 days to complete.


After the leather has dried in the African sun it is then carefully cut into shape.  Each pouf has at least 36 different pieces which are then hand sewn together with ‘Sabra Silk’. Sabra Silk is hand loomed from natural fibres which have been harvested from cactus; found in the Sahara Desert and dyed with vegetable dye.

The distinctive Moroccan patterns on the upper side of the pouf are sewn on entirely by hand.

Finally… Ready

Moroccan poufs are not mass produced in a factory, each pouf is unique from another in its shape, colour or size can contain variations. This not only makes your pouf special but confirms its true Moroccan authenticity. It gives good vibes to your Moroccan Décorand is as individual as you are.


If you are looking for a great Moroccan Pouf, click here to visit our website to see our Collection of beautiful authentic Moroccan leather Poufs.

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