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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It’s not quite a literary interior this week, but I couldn’t think of a book I’ve read recently, having a Moroccan background so I turned my attention to movies. Le Souk invited me to curate a shopping board from their online shop/travel website, so I used the “Literary Interiors” series to integrate the board into a post about a Moroccan spaces. Even though I am not aiming a Moroccan/oriental style for my home right now, this type of exotic shapes are part of any eclectic interior, sometimes even mandatory, used as accents or as one central bigger piece. Le Souk is the result of a big passion for oriental shapes, for the buzz and energy of oriental markets and for the scent of exotic and magic orient. Whether you want to experience the atmosphere of Morocco …

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