Poufs & Floor Poufs
Poufs are a wonderful way to add interest to rooms where you like to relax. These plush, upholstered cushions are the perfect place to put up your feet, and larger versions can provide versatile extra seating for guests. We have an excellent selection of poufs and comfortable floor pillows to add to your living room, den and bedrooms. We offer poufs in a range of colors and sizes, and you won’t find a better selection of on−trend patterns anywhere else. We also specialize in textured poufs covered in wool knits, natural grass fibers and more for a totally unique look.
History of Poufs and Floor Pillows
While traditional Western furniture is largely built around a wooden frame and incorporates lots of right angles, poufs are something completely different. That’s because they hail from the Ottoman Empire, a region that covered Turkey, Northern Africa and the Middle East in from the 1300s through the early 20th century. In fact, the pouf ottoman was named after the Ottoman Empire in a nod to its origins. These cushions were used in the Middle East as casual seating for cozy family get−togethers, probably as a way to upgrade from simple floor mats. Along with large floor pillows, they formed the backbone of beautiful but portable decor for Turkish families.
Moroccan poufs −− those backless, dome−like seats covered in rich fabrics −− were brought to Europe in the late 18th century, along with other coveted trade goods like spices and silks. In European salons, a series of floor poufs were used to line the walls. This allowed people unaccustomed to backless chairs to rest against the wall for additional comfort.
Using a Pouf in Your Home Decor
Traditional rounded poufs provide a great way to add curves that contrast with the rectilinear forms of most rooms. Choose a large round pouf as a foot stool for an accent chair, or use a few for extra seating. For a more modular look, you can combine two to four cube−shaped poufs into a casual coffee table by grouping them together with a large tray.
When choosing poufs for your home, you can choose fabrics that blend in or stand out. Poufs make a great focal point when you select a bright color to contrast with neutrals in the rest of your room. Conversely, you can choose a pouf that complements a monochromatic color scheme and focus instead on adding texture. Knit poufs and covers made of sisal or a nubby fabric will add more subtle interest to your space. If you’re short on space, floor pillows with a lower profile will store easily in a large basket or in your hall closet when not in use.