Published at Monday, January 08th, 2018 - 12:42:47 PM. Ottomans. By Ninon Doucet.
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. 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.
Standard ottomans are basically footrests for an armchair or easy chair. That is all they are made to do. When some one says, "Put your feet up and take a load off," they are really telling you to sit down in a comfortable chair, relax and rest your feet on the ottoman that is in front of the chair.
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