In Marrakech you will see a lot of objects that hold a certain special place in Marrakechi‚Äôs hearts: there is the motorbike, the favourite tool for many locals to get around the city; the tagine pot, the implement responsible for making the country‚Äôs traditional, staple dish and the poof. The poof is a Moroccan leather chair in the shape of a circular pocket; it is often bought empty and filled later at home with rags or old material. The leather ranges in quality from quality Camel or goat leather ‚Äď preferred due to it‚Äôs thickness and subsequent strength – through to the cheaper cow hide.
Whilst walking around the narrow streets of the Medina, it is easy to assume that the poof is simply a decorative item for tourists, an easy souvenir to bring home. However it is behind closed doors that the poof is most celebrated item of furniture; indeed, most households use them!! A Moroccan friend once told me that the poof is better than any other chair for too reasons: it provides beautiful and unique decoration for the house, and it also better for your back than sitting on a wooden chair. Although we are not sure if this second reason holds any scientific fact, here at Hip Marrakech we can confirm that the poof is very comfortable!