Our leather pouffes are handmade for Atelier M by highly skilled craftsmen in a small artisan leather workshop in Marrakech.
As a natural material, the leather may have minor flaws and imperfections which we believe give character to our pouffes. Tanneries in Morocco cure animal hides using centuries-old, traditional methods and natural, organic ingredients. The new leathers do have an odour which can be unfamiliar when our experience is of leather tanned using modern-day methods in large factories. But please be assured that any leather smell emanating from your new pouffe will gradually fade on airing.
To care for your pouffe we recommend using a dry, or slightly damp cloth, to remove marks or spills. Keep use of water to a minimum and avoid soaps, polishes and cleaning products. If a cleaner is necessary choose one specifically designed for leather. Treated well, leather ages beautifully and creates a wonderful patina.
Our natural, tan and chocolate coloured pouffes are traditionally stained with olive oil and lemon juice. If you wish to refresh you pouffe, you may do the same, however it will darken with each coat.
Pouffes made with coloured hide may transfer to other fabrics at first. We therefore recommend placing your new pouffe on paper or cardboard until the leather has been fully aged.
Atelier M’s fabric pouffes May be washed in the machine at 40 degrees.
Pouffe Filling Guide
Your pouffe can be filled with almost anything you have to hand, polystyrene balls or old clothing and fabrics (which is the traditional Moroccan method). Alternatively, your local furniture upholsterer should be able to supply suitable stuffing materials.
1. Make sure the material you are using is clean and dry.
2. Unzip the pouffe and open it out to itʼs full shape.
3. Start by gradually filling the edges of your pouffe to ensure that all the small spaces are fully stuffed. This will prevent air spaces forming in your finished pouffe.
4. Continue to add stuffing evgenly ensuring the sides and seams are filled out.
5. Please avoid over-filling your pouffe as this could put a strain on the zip when closing, but over time as your pouffe beds down it can be topped up with more filling.