At the end of last year we got a lovely convo through Etsy with the question if we could make a custom made ottoman according to a kilim the customer had. I replied that we could and after a few emails back and forth, receiving pictures of the kilim and their beautiful home and giving my mailing address I did not hear back again.
Thinking that she changed her mind it was a nice surprise to get a kilim in the mail a few weeks later. It was actually lucky she forgot to write me as I would have been looking for the perfect feet in the mean time at various places which I didn't, but we scored some beautiful vintage wooden feet just 2 days before the kilim arrived, it was just meant to be :)
I cleaned up the straight parts with a sanding machine and the remaining parts by hand.
And then we built a strong wooden skeleton exactly according to the size of the kilim, an impressive size of 38'' by 26 1/2'' (97 cm x 67 cm).
It was then time to decide on the paint.
We mailed between each step to be sure that we were on the right track and it was a fun project.
As the ottoman is so large I had to do the paintwork in the living room which has our biggest table.
After 7 layers of paint and varnish it was time for upholstering it :)
Deciding on the little details, and then nailing the kilim in to place!
And a beautiful kilim ottoman as result :)
Normally we work the other way around, fixing furniture and finding stuff to cover it, it was nice to discover that we can do it another way too :)
This kilim is of course not for sale, but we have some pretty one of a kind furniture pieces in our StarHomeStudio shop.
And a little update: the ottoman in the customer's home :)