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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, 'Always Ready' (Ghana)
$74.99

Carved by hand, this handsome Ashanti throne ottoman reveals Adinkra symbols on its base. The Pempamsie Adinkra symbolizes precaution and readiness. Nana Frimpong works in African sese wood, giving it a pale blonde finish. more...


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 ha more...


Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Daakye Hene' (Ghana)
$307.99

Kwadwo Antwi designs a magnificent stool for an Akan Daakye Hene (future king) 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 hand more...


Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Decisions' (Ghana)
$234.99

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)
$169.99

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)
$189.99

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...


Ashanti throne ottoman, 'Trust Wisely' (Ghana)
$192.99

Nana Frimpong patiently crafts this masterpiece of sese wood, allowing the material to dry in the sun before executing his imaginative designs. Attractive crosshatching and finely carved curves enhance the beauty of the royal African throne. The name 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)
$224.99

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 repousse 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...


Leather and cedar ottoman, 'Century' (Peru)
$159.99

An elegant garland finely tooled in leather adorns this captivating ottoman by the Rios Family of Peru. Supported by fine cedar wood legs, the leather seat is affixed to the frame with shiny brass nails. Filling included. more...


Leather and cedar ottoman, 'Inca Frieze' (Peru)
$167.99

The art of the Inca adorns this splendid ottoman, carefully tooled in leather by the Rios Family of Peru. Supported by fine cedar wood legs, the leather seat is nailed to the frame with shiny brass nails. Filling included. 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 Rios 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, 'Atlantic' (dark brown) (Brazil)
$187.99

Designed for comfortable elegance, this ottoman cover showcases the Carneiro Family's expertise. They craft the cover with leather in precise tooled work. To complete the piece, the family members use a steel sponge to rub the ottoman cover, enhancin 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 polyst more...


Leather ottoman cover, 'Comfort' (Brazil)
Now $151.99 - retail $189.99

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, 'Dual Universe' (double) (Brazil)
$309.99

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)
$269.99

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)
$159.99

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)
$289.99

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, 'Tabby Black' (Brazil)
$122.99

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)
$144.99

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 Rios Family. more...


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

Classic in its design, this ottoman by Rocio Davila 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 pi more...


Mohena wood and leather ottoman, 'Fusion' (Peru)
$169.99

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...


Nickel plated brass and leather ottoman, 'Night Forest' (India)
$179.99

Luxurious foliage embossed in leather distinguishes this ottoman by Khalid Ali. Crafted of wood, the piece is adorned with nickel plated brass. 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)
$167.99

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)
$217.99

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...


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, 'Floral Sun' (Brazil)
$229.99

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, 'Inca Light' (Peru)
$239.99

This beautiful handcrafted leather ottoman cover is embossed with motifs symbolic of pre-Inca cultures. Crafted by Abel Rios, this amazing piece features a side handle. Filling not included. For filling we recommend polystyrene beans, commonly used f more...


Tooled leather ottoman cover, 'Nazca Legacy' (Peru)
$259.99

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 polystyre more...


Wood throne ottoman, 'Counterpoint' (Ghana)
$87.99

Rectangular in shape, this throne ottoman by Daniel Nyadedzor is almost austere in its spare elegance. Bands of brass repousse march down each side. The textures make a perfect counterpoint to the sese wood hues. 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, '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)
$67.99

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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