Napoleon III Striped Kilim Sofa

Napoleon III Striped Kilim Sofa


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This adorable and extraordinarily theatrical small couch is a truly special and unique piece of artisan furniture. More than a statement piece, this eye-catching, off-the-wall petite sofa has charm and fantasy and will both surprise and delight. It deserves to be positioned somewhere conspicuous, especially as the back is as beautiful as the front!

Based on a nineteenth-century style, and covered with vintage kilim and luxurious velvet, the curvaceous Napoleon III Kilim Sofa exudes the irrestistably frivolous drama and party atmosphere of the second empire. It is a small, decadent-looking low couch suitable for a boudoir or reception hall, where it is sure to be a talking point.

The back and fixed, sprung seat are covered in durable, rough fabric from an original, ancient kilim, a one-off masterpiece created by hand by the nomads from Anatolia in Asia Minor. Woven from sheep and goat wool, it is in variable-width stripes strongly and clearly coloured with vegetable dyes that encapsulate the wild country surrounding these tough but generous and quiet people. The stripes are in pink, purple, blue, green and orange, all optimistic colours, and the broader ones are finished with a white stitch imitating rope.

In a dramatic reinterpretation of the past, the ancient kilim fabric is paired with luxurious dark grey velvet on the arms and back, and a floor-skimming fringe in a complementary trio of warm pastel shades. Fringing like this is typical of the sumptuous upholstery and drapes of the Napoléon III era, which is also reflected in the shape of the sofa, with its serpentine seat and top. The sofa also features luxurious touches such as corded trim concealing the seams that matches the fringe, and a continual line of velvet buttoning along the top edge of the arms and back.

It was made by hand in a small village in France to high standards of artisanal craftsmanship, using skills passed down through generations. The strong frame is constructed from beechwood cut from the Belgian Ardennes forest, with square-cut, tapering wooden legs stained matt black.

Dimensions (approx.): H:72cm, W:165cm, D:70cm

Care: Professional cleaning recommended.

Supplied fully assembled.