The copyright for this highly popular furniture item belongs to Turkey. In the ancient Turkish homes, the Ottoman was the central piece of a living room, of much larger dimensions as we expect it today, accommodating the whole family. Well,  a family with one dad and multiple mothers (just for the sake of the gossip…). Going along entire walls of a room, and piled with plenty of cushions, it must have been a very very inviting seating layout. The Moorish Hall (although inspired by the Spanish – Moorish culture, not by the Turkish) in the Peles castle in Sinaia is a close example of such a room. It emerged into the European interiors in the 18th century, dimensions and layout maintained, but later it evolved into a circular or octagonal shape, sometimes with a central piece …

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Usually there’s an elephant in the room. This time we’re having a camel. With hump and everything that belongs to a camel. Well, not everything. But one feature (the hump) is enough to make the association apparently. I’ve never ridden a camel, but I guess the back of a real camel is not quite so comfortable as the cushioned sofa that bears the name of the animal. Attributed first to Chippendale, the star English furniture designer of the 18th century, it takes the concept of a sofa towards a more comfortable direction. The slightly angled backrest, cushioned all over, makes it a less rigid settee, and the curved shape define it as a graceful and elegant piece of furniture. The shape of legs vary often depending on the period it has been built – cabriolet legs …

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First “Quick & Dirty” victim on the blog is this beautiful (trust me!) oak chair,  rescued by my client from an attic. Though in an apparently bad shape, water and fire stained, luckily it showed no signs of woodworms attack. Generally oak, being a harder wood, is avoided by woodworms especially if the little animals have other options. I guess they had plenty of other options in the said attic so they left our chair alone. Nevertheless it has been treated now for future possible woodworm threat. Second worry on my list were the multiple stains, of uncertain origin. Luckily it turned out most of the stains were not-too-profound water stains, pretty easily removable by the elementary cleaning process, and an easy sanding. The one which we chose not to insist on removing, was one stain …

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