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What is An Ottoman?

Updated on November 5, 2012

The term Ottoman does not always have a single definition. Rather, the word ottoman has got 4 completely different connotations. With all the usage of the term ottoman, you almost certainly could be speaking about home furnishings, however, you may also have talking about a kind of weighty ribbed fabric, an old Middle Eastern Moslem kingdom or perhaps a form of Asian carpet.

Here's a definition of the 3 different meanings of Ottoman:

  • Ottoman that means Cloth

“Ottoman” may possibly make reference to a high quality ribbed cloth useful for furniture, drapes and window treatments and ladies outerwear. This kind of cloth, known as Ottoman string or the Ottoman rib, originated from Turkey. It is produced by inter weaving excellent yarn having a heavy filler string, making a ribbed corduroy overall look. Since it is a rigid, weighty fabric, it cannot be compiled or shirred. It could possibly include silk, constructed from wool, natural cotton or rayon fibres and also will come in a variety of colors.

  • Ottoman which means as Kingdom

The phrase ottoman may make reference to the "Ottoman Turks", exactly who launched an Islamic empire in which, at its peak in the Sixteenth century, dominated south eastern European countries, age-old Turkey, the whole Middle East and areas of North Africa the particular Ottoman Empire was around through 1453 up until 1919. The particular Ottoman Turks dominated their expansive empire coming from Istanbul, previously Constantinople. Through the Twentieth century, the kingdom had reduced greatly but nonetheless governed Turkey, regions of the Balkans as well as the majority of Middle East. The "Ottoman Empire" became involved with the 1st World Fight against Germany's part hoping of getting the Balkan territory whilst keeping their historic opponent Russia under control. It found defeat and had been dismembered from the winner Allies in 1919. The first kind Ottoman region of Anatolia in 1923 established itself to the contemporary state of Turkey.

  • Ottoman which means Rug

The particular "Ottoman Empire" aforementioned designed some distinctive rug designs prized by enthusiasts as the so-called "Ottoman rugs". Many of these designs were created in the Fifteenth through Seventeenth centuries. One particular exclusive Ottoman rug design features extremely stylized depictions of wildlife inside mathematical medallions organized symmetrically inside an outline border. An additional distinctive design features stylized 8 pointed and 4-pointed stars composed of sinuous and arabesque vine scrolling, styled symmetrically inside a wide and lengthy border. The "Ottoman rug" manufacturing was concentrated in the western part of the Anatolia provinces. The "Ottoman rug" weaving practices have made it through in the modern-day Turkey.

  • Ottoman which means Furniture

As an item considered as furniture, an "ottoman" can be a cushioned, padded foot stool, couch or divan without having an arm or a back. "Ottomans" could possibly be rounded, rectangle-shaped or square. They might be constructed with a box base or 4-legged foundation. The foot stool is the thing that a lot of people consider once they perceive the term ottoman. An Ottoman comes in an array of dimensions, designs and materials to enhance any kind of furnishing and decor in your home. A few are designed as storage boxes having a cushioned seat.

What exactly is an Ottoman that refers to a furniture?


The idea of ottoman can often mean many different things, as mentioned above. It may possibly make reference to anything associated with the Ottoman Empire, you can use it to depict a Turkish individual of a specified indigenous group, and also it can also suggest a kind of cloth. For all our purposes, having said that, we're going to put concentration on the most in-demand meaning of the phrase today: a sort of furniture.


Typically, it is considered that the "ottoman" gets a root with the divan, which can be fundamentally an extended, backless seat or cushioned bench with pads to lean next to. Actually, in certain areas of world, the terminology "divan" as well as "ottoman" continues to be similar. The divan type of pieces of furniture had been commonly utilised in the Middle Eastern council of chambers in the federal agency known as Diwan, by which it took its name. The divan was made popular in European countries within the 1800's.


These days, nonetheless, specifically in United States, any time one talk about an "ottoman", you are normally speaking about a small, rectangle-shaped foot rest, usually padded, that might also become additional seat or perhaps a temporary table. The appearance of the scaled-down, more minimal "divan-like" furniture piece is generally considered to be an American evolution of Asian furniture influences on Western European society, which evolved into a little bit of a trend in the 19th century. This ottoman, at the very least as you may know it today, seriously isn't thought to be have been designed by Ottoman Turks, but was identified as so in deference to the exotic origins it has. In reality, the ottoman nearly has a resemblance to the Moroccan or North African pouf, that is a thicker cushion used to be a seat.


Present day ottomans can be obtained from just about every home furniture stores, in different sizes, shapes, elements, and value ranges. An ottoman can even be hollow and might be utilized for chests as storage. Coated in synthetic leather, cotton, canvas, or silk, they've already turned into a staple generally in most stylish residences.

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      Chen 

      7 years ago

      Oh, that's too bad. Glad you can relate with my hub.

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      SusieQ42 

      7 years ago

      I remember an ottoman at our house when I was very young. It was leather with storage space inside. My mother, poor woman, tripped over it once and broke her ankle! Thanks for the info.

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