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Furniture - Ottomans
Artisan Crafted Gifts and Decor From Around the World

These Furniture - Ottomans are available from Novica who in association with National Geographic bring a whole range of handcrafted items from small scale crafts workshops, often run by a single craft worker in the developing world.

Prices correct at time of writing - subject to change


Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Chemu Lagoon' (Ghana)
$229.99

Chemu Lagoon lies near Accra, Ghana's capital, and its beauty proves impetus for this traditional throne by Nana Frimpong. The piece is carved by hand from local sese wood, its deep grain accentuated by a finish of mansion polish. A Gye Nyame symbol more...


Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Daakye Hemaa' (Ghana)
$329.99

Kwadwo Antwi designs a magnificent stool for an Akan Daakye Hemaa (future queen) featuring the legendary Gye Nyame symbol supporting the seat. Meaning "except God," this Adinkra symbol proclaims God's supremacy. Antwi carves the sese wood stool by h more...


Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Decisions' (Ghana)
$222.99

This magnificent sese wood throne by Nana Frimpong illustrates a West African saying. Meko anaa menko is a statement in the Akan language that means "the decision to go or not to go depends upon whether or not you are subordinate to anybody." Traditi more...


Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Four Faces' (Ghana)
$179.99

Nana Frimpong describes this piece as a family throne, the four faces carved on the pedestal symbolizing love and unity. Representing the designs of the Ashanti royalty of Ghana, the carving is hewn from local sese wood and polished to exalt the mate more...


Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Friend' (Ghana)
$279.99

Inspired by ancient custom, Nana Frimpong presents this exceptional ottoman in the style of regal Ashanti thrones. Frimpong carves this piece by hand of sese wood, his expertise evident in the fine detailing of the motifs that celebrate his adanfo, m more...


Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Mmaa Gwa' (Ghana)
$259.99

A gift of love and respect, this stool is designed for a husband to give his wife, according to West African traditions. Akin to a throne, the stool is hand-carved from African sese wood and adorned with elaborate brass plates. On the seat the stool more...


Ashanti throne ottoman, 'No Fear' (Ghana)
$289.99

Nana Frimpong transforms African sese wood into a handsome Ashanti throne. Traditionally used by West African royalty, its base features the Gye Nyame Adinkra symbol. With its rotating movements, it is understood as "I fear none except God." more...


Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Nyansapo' (Ghana)
$307.99

Kwadwo Antwi designs a magnificent stool centered by the legendary Nyansapo Adrinka symbol meaning "wisdom knot." Its significance implies that if one can undo a knot made by a wise person, then surely that person is just as wise, if not wiser than t more...


Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Regal Elephant' (Ghana)
$199.99

Symbol of power, an elephant is the ideal insignia for this royal Ashanti throne ottoman. Master carver Nana Frimpong works with manual tools, diligently transforming sese wood into an admirable work of art. more...


Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Songhorn Lagoon' (Ghana)
$274.99

Crafted from sese wood, this decorative throne owes its elegance to the deft hands of Nana Frimpong, a master carver who employs traditional motifs to create distinctive looks. Finished in mansion polish, the imperceptible radiance recalls the essenc more...


Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Strength of Heart' (Ghana)
$202.99

This hand-carved throne is originally crafted exclusively for royalty. Nana Frimpong, the current Ashanti king's wood carver, bases the design of the throne on a vision from heaven conjured by Okomfo Anokye, an Ashanti high priest. Once the tradition more...


Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Sunflower' (Ghana)
$74.99

A cross graces the center of a stylized sunflower carved on dark sese wood. The motif adorns an ottoman by Salihu Ibrahim, inspired by West African thrones. Its dimensions make it perfect as a footstool or for a child's room. more...


Beaded throne ottoman, 'Look Behind You' (Ghana)
$239.99

Depicted in beadwork, the sankofa bird looks over its shoulder. Knives flank the colorful adinkra symbol in a traditional West African stool or ottoman. Its meaning is "return and get it," which reminds us to "learn from the past." Abdul Karim Star c more...


Beaded throne ottoman, 'Wisdom of Ghana' (Ghana)
$204.99

Traditional Ghanaian Adinkra symbols cover this captivating throne ottoman by Abdul Karim Star. The central image represents sankofa, meaning "go back to your roots," a message conveyed through the form of a bird with its head tilted backwards. On ei more...


Brass ottoman, 'Urchin Throne' (India)
$227.99

Regal and beautiful, a lavish floral motif distinguishes this design. Khalid Ali crafts a beautiful ottoman, inspired by ancient Indian art. The base is crafted of mango wood and covered with brass repoussé bathed in nickel. A foam-filled cushion of more...


Cedar throne ottoman, 'Wisdom Knot II' (Ghana)
$177.99

The Akans call it Nyansapow, "Wisdom Knot." In Ghana, tradition says that if you will undo a knot a wise man made, be sure you are at least as wise or wiser. Skillfully carved from cedar by Nana Frimpong, this stately stool portrays oneness among the more...


Embroidered cotton ottoman cover, 'Balodra Exuberance' (India)
$34.99

Surrounded by leaves and a star-like aura, concentric flowers in fuchsia, pink, gold, and orange create a powerful contrast on a brown ottoman cover from India. Ganpat Mehta presents this cotton cover detailed with an exuberant composition expertly e more...


Embroidered cotton ottoman cover, 'Barmer Blooms' (India)
$67.99

Paisleys frame the floral feast that blossoms in vibrant colors throughout this ottoman cover from India's Ganpat Mehta. The cheerful composition is embroidered over cotton by women artisans in Rajasthan. The off-white ottoman cushion cover closes wi more...


Embroidered cotton ottoman cover, 'Bollywood Blooms' (India)
$67.99

Flowers appear in an explosion of color for the design of this ottoman cover from India's Ganpat Mehta. Embroidered over teal blue cotton, the flowers appear within white frames. The cover features a zipper closure on the bottom. more...


Embroidered cotton ottoman cover, 'Elephant Blooms' (India)
$67.99

Dazzling elephants parade under florid fireworks for the festive design of this ottoman cover from India's Ganpat Mehta. Embroidered over rich brown cotton, the flowers appear in lemon green, pink, turquoise, purple and yellow. The cover features a z more...


Embroidered cotton ottoman cover, 'Jaipur Greeting' (India)
$34.99

Teal and brown flowers blossom in elegant harmony in the embroidered composition of this ottoman cover. Ganpat Mehta presents an extraordinary cotton cover to celebrate Rajasthan embroidery traditions. more...


Embroidered cotton ottoman cover, 'Rajasthan Galaxy' (India)
$34.99

A galaxy of colors celebrates Rajasthani textile traditions in the design of this dark blue ottoman cover. Detailed with shiny sequins, the embroidery is done by women artisans in Rajasthan in white, yellow, green, fuchsia, and red. more...


Leather and cedar ottoman, 'Inca Guardian' (Peru)
$179.99

The art of the Inca adorns this splendid ottoman, in its sumptuous tooled leather by the Ríos Family of Peru. Supported by fine cedar wood legs, the leather seat is attached to the frame with ornate brass studs. more...


Leather ottoman cover, 'Colonial Legend' (Peru)
$217.99

With its beautifully embossed leather by the talented Abel Rios, this ottoman cover is imbued with the mystical presence of the Andes mountains. It features a flap opening and a convenient handle. Filling not included. For filling we recommend polys more...


Leather ottoman cover, 'Comfort' (Brazil)
Now $158.39 - retail $197.99

A magical constellation surrounds the radiant moon that adorns this ottoman cover. Each border features a succession of tiny stars creating an effective contrast of textures. The Carneiro Family crafts this cover with ox leather and sews the pieces t more...


Leather ottoman cover, 'Daisy' (Brazil)
$189.99

Set on concentric circles, a stylized daisy sends out six slender petals. A succession of tiny triangles creates an effective contrast of textures. The Carneiro Family crafts the ottoman cover of leather and sews the pieces together by hand. The tool more...


Leather ottoman cover, 'Dual Universe' (double) (Brazil)
$322.99

Designed for two, this ottoman captivates with timeless elegance. Brazil's Carneiro Family crafts the leather ottoman cover with quality leather, their artistic skills evident in the precise detailing of the ornate patterns tooled by hand. Crafted in more...


Leather ottoman cover, 'Floral Magnificence' (Brazil)
$279.99

A magnificent flower takes the center of this ottoman cover by Brazil's Carneiro Family. They work with quality leather in dark brown featuring a variety of patterns which are expertly embossed by hand, one by one. The ottoman cover features a zipper more...


Leather ottoman cover, 'Flower of Peace' (dark brown) (Brazil)
$167.99

An ottoman cover of singular allure, this accessory is adorned with a tropical blossom. The Carneiro Family crafts this ottoman cover of soft ox leather and sews the pieces together by hand. The tooled work is precise and detailed, evidencing the Fam more...


Leather ottoman cover, 'Litoral Coffee' (Brazil)
$134.99

Shaped like a strong column, this leather ottoman cover offers the promise of elegant comfort. The Carneiro Family crafts it with leather with a tooled work that is precise and neat. Finally, they use a steel sponge to rub the ottoman cover, enhancin more...


Leather ottoman cover, 'Manaus Star' (Brazil)
$302.99

A magnificent star takes the center of this ottoman by Brazil’s Carneiro Family. They work with quality leather in dark brown featuring glyph-like patterns which they hand-hammer over light brown circles. The ottoman cover features a zipper closure more...


Leather ottoman cover, 'Moon' (Brazil)
$194.99

A magical constellation surrounds the radiant moon that adorns this ottoman cover. Each border features a succession of tiny stars creating an effective contrast of textures. The Carneiro Family crafts this cover with ox leather and sews the pieces t more...


Leather ottoman cover, 'Sunflower' (Brazil)
$144.99

Blossoming into concentric circles, tiny sunflowers adorn this ottoman cover with mystical elegance. The Carneiro Family crafts it with cowhide and sews the pieces together by hand. The tooled work is precise and detailed, evidencing the Carneiro Fam more...


Leather ottoman cover, 'Tabby Black' (Brazil)
$127.99

Rita and Giovanni design a cylindrical ottoman in black and white preserving the leather's natural appearance. Crafted by hand, the ottoman has a zipper on the bottom that allows to insert the filling (not included). more...


Leather ottoman cover, 'Tabby Brown' (Brazil)
$149.99

Rita and Giovanni design a cylindrical ottoman in brown and white, preserving the leather's natural appearance. Crafted by hand, the ottoman has a zipper on the bottom that allows to insert the filling (not included). more...


Leather ottoman, 'Golden Colonial Ivy' (Peru)
$269.99

Ivy twines in lavish garlands across smooth tooled leather. Crafted by hand, this colonial style ottoman features a foam-padded seat and opens to provide out-of-sight storage. The beautiful design comes from the talented Ríos Family. more...


Mango wood ottoman, 'Delhi Night' (India)
$179.99

Rich textile textures evoke night in New Delhi. From Khalid Ali, this beautiful ottoman is handcrafted of mango wood and surrounded with stainless steel studs. Bright colors stream cross a black background like neon lights. more...


Mohena and leather ottoman, 'Elegance' (Peru)
$239.99

Classic in its design, this ottoman by Rocío Dávila Rojas features the comfort of leather. She shapes it of mohena – a fine Peruvian hardwood – and adds a padded seat with ornamental bronze studs. Its warm brown color and clean lines make this more...


Mohena wood and leather ottoman, 'Flight of the Condor' (Peru)
$302.99

Condors soar across smooth tooled leather, the stylized images inspired by Inca art. Crafted by hand, this comfortable ottoman features a foam-padded seat and opens to provide out-of-sight storage. This beautiful piece comes from the Rios Family. more...


Mohena wood and leather ottoman, 'Fusion' (Peru)
$197.99

Peru's Wilfredo Rios takes his inspiration from classic French Luis XV designs, but he brings an Andean vision to this handsome ottoman. Finely tooled leather adds a feeling of aristocracy to mohena wood, similar in grain to mahogany. The motif is co more...


Ottoman, 'Encounter in Black' (Peru)
$219.99

By Ivo Luksic, this novel ottoman is crafted with Tectan, which is made from recycled tetrapack containers. A door opens to reveal a space for storage, and the versatile handcrafted design does double duty as an accent table. more...


Ottoman, 'Encounter in Blue' (Peru)
$229.99

By Ivo Luksic, this novel ottoman is crafted with Tectan, which is made from recycled tetrapack containers. A door opens to reveal a space for storage, and the versatile handcrafted design does double duty as an accent table. more...


Ottoman, 'Encounter in Green' (Peru)
$229.99

By Ivo Luksic, this novel ottoman is crafted with Tectan, which is made from recycled tetrapack containers. A door opens to reveal a space for storage, and the versatile handcrafted design does double duty as an accent table. more...


Ottoman, 'Golden Elegance' (India)
$169.99

Voluptuous cushions distinguish this comfortable ottoman by Khalid Ali. Crafted of mango wood, the piece is upholstered in golden tussar cotton. Lavish fringe adds a Victorian touch to a classic design. more...


Ottoman, 'Indian Sunrise' (medium) (India)
$219.99

The rich textures of cotton tussar bring sunrise hues to an ottoman. Khalid Ali crafts his original design in mango wood, upholstering the piece with foam and fabric. more...


Silk and mango wood ottoman, 'Holi Sunrise' (India)
$149.99

The rich textures of Indian silk bring sunrise hues to a beautiful ottoman. From Khalid Ali, this original design is handcrafted of mango wood and surrounded with stainless steel studs. more...


Throne ottoman, 'Young Woman' (Ghana)
$142.99

Reserved for a young woman's transition to adulthood, this graceful throne ottoman comes from Samuel and Francis Agbetey. They name the piece Bragoro, Akan for the puberty rites before a girl's marriage. Apart from their everyday use as furniture, st more...


Tooled leather ottoman cover, 'Colonial Cube' (Peru)
$219.95

Bordered in elaborate floral motifs, squares of warm tooled leather form a comfortable cube. Crafted by the Rios family, this pouf chair or ottoman cover has a side handle. An opening at the bottom allows the cover to be easily filled. Filling not i more...


Tooled leather ottoman cover, 'Floral Sun' (Brazil)
$237.99

Portrayed in rich brown leather, floral motifs surround a radiant sun. The Carneiro Family crafts this handsome ottoman cover with leather and sews the pieces together by hand. The tooled work is precise and detailed, making this a prized addition to more...


Tooled leather ottoman cover, 'Nazca Legacy' (Peru)
$209.99

The mysterious figures from the Nazca plain cover this beautiful tooled leather ottoman cover. Crafted by hand, this beautiful piece comes from the talented Rios Family. Features a side handle. Filling not included. For filling we recommend polystyr more...


Wood throne ottoman, 'Freedom of Speech' (Ghana)
$169.99

In the language of the Akan people, Kabi ma me nkabi means "freedom of speech." Its concept inspires this handsome Ashanti throne ottoman, sculpted of sese wood by Nana Frimpong. The flared seat shows lavish geometric engravings, and the exquisite pi more...


Wood throne ottoman, 'Give Me Your Heart' (Ghana)
$159.99

Interlocking rings suggest strong ties; they are the West African symbol of unity. Expertly sculpted in sese wood, they grace a traditional Ashanti throne ottoman. Nana Frimpong names this handcrafted piece Fa wakoma ma me, which means "give me your more...


Wood throne ottoman, 'Swift Shark' (Ghana)
$74.99

Cruising across dark sese wood, a shark plies quiet waters. The motif adorns a hand-carved ottoman inspired by West African thrones. Salihu Ibrahim presents a beautiful piece; its dimensions make it perfect as a footstool or for a child's room. more...


Wood throne, 'African Guardian' (Ghana)
$79.99

Bold and handsome, a warrior stands guard in this design by Salihu Ibrahim. Inspired by traditional West African thrones, he transforms sese wood into a footstool or child's ottoman. more...


Wood throne, 'African Sun' (Ghana)
$79.99

Sunrays surround an oval stool in a radiant design by Salihu Ibrahim. Inspired by traditional West African thrones, he transforms sese wood into a footstool or child's ottoman. more...


Wood throne, 'African Target' (Ghana)
$69.99

Outlined in a pale straw color, carved wood coils suggest a target. The motif adorns an ottoman by Salihu Ibrahim, inspired by West African thrones. Its dimensions make it perfect as a footstool. more...

 

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