The History of Ottoman, Origin and Modern Adaptation

Your ottoman can be a staple of style and class...

While ottoman is just a piece of furniture, it has become more of a staple of style and class. Consider the modern history of this couch; it seems this was always more of an art instead of just a practical piece of furniture. Following, we will brief their given history.

Early History

An Ottoman can be described as an upholstered seat, footstool that is overstuffed and comes without armrests, and a back. These come in different shapes and size to blend with a wide variety of décor, and themes.


While the oldest Turkish Furniture dates back to 3100 BC, this was an answer to the nomadic lifestyle that transferred in Permanent settlements. Ottoman traveled throughout Europe in the 10th century. Ottoman is a word that derived from “Ottoman”. The world “Ottomane” was first referred in 1729 to a furniture item. It got traction when it was used by Thomas Jefferson in his Memorandum in 1789 in notes “Paid for an Ottomane of Velours Utrecht.

The first example of an ottoman in Europe was a fitted piece of furniture with three walls. This evolved into small pieces and made to fit a corner later on.

Turkish furniture even inspired Italian furniture when it comes to style and conception. Wooden furniture designed

At first, it was just a piece of furniture, serving its purpose. This was just a couch in its basic form; there was no aura of luxury or class at that time.

But still, it reflected some elegance and decadence. They were widely in high-world of fashion and were considered a stable of style and wealth (yes, it’s a fact).  

End of Ottoman Empire

The history dates back to Ottoman Empire. The empire that lasted over 700 years, and crumbling after First World War spanned much of the Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Northern Africa. It spread across western culture and assimilated itself more prominently in its art and culture, leaving its clothing, furniture, and essence behind.

Ottoman inspired furniture was more traditional with wooden chests and boxes that were used as chairs, benches, and footstools. There are even some examples of several storage units.  The wooden pieces of furniture would be padded to make a comfortable couch. But they didn’t make much of an impact until they were exported to the rest of the world in a late 18th century.

Modern Adaption

These are an adaptation of furniture which was widely used in Ottoman Empire. This piece was derived from Turkish style to seating in surrounded three walls of a room. This was later cut down in size, and placed in the corner. In the 18th century, designers adopted this versatile couch, and evolved it into a round cushioned chair that didn’t feature a back, and was made into a centerpiece.

By the start of 19th century, these transformed once again and came in the round and octagonal shape that featured a padded pedestal in the center, and subtle armrests.

There are a lot of things that contemplate with the ottoman thanks to their geometric shape, and statuesque. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on