World War One ended Ottoman rule in these parts of the world, but not the spread of its cherished footstool. Even after the empire lost its power, the name stuck to this very versatile and useful footrest and its popularity spread like wild fire, especially in America. In one sense, the ottomans have reconquered a large share of the world and arguably, more people know the name now than they did when the real Ottomans were in control.
An ottoman can come with an armchair or glider and is often designed as an accessory or part of a set together with the armchair. There are several types of ottomans: standard, storage, ottoman tables, coffee table ottoman and bench. The ottomans were the favorite piece of furniture named after the Ottoman Empire, which lasted from 1299 until 1922. The Ottoman Empire spanned three continents, Western Asia, Eastern and Southeastern Europe and North Africa.
In the vast majority of ottomans, each cube has a separate cushion, and a separate storage area. In the models with trays, each cushion can be turned over to use as individual trays. Most ottomans manufactured today are constructed with solid hardwood frames and leather or synthetic (leatherlike) covers. Synthetic materials include vinyl, fauxleather, bicast leather, or microfiber fabric. Ottomans with real leather are not that common and are expensive.
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