Product Care Guides
Moroccan Leather Pouffes
Our leather pouffes are handmade exclusively for Bohemia by highly skilled craftsmen in a small, family run artisan leather workshop in Marrakech.
As a natural material, the leather may have minor flaws and imperfections which we believe give character to our pouffes. Tanneries in Morocco cure animal hides using centuries-old, traditional methods and natural, organic ingredients. The new leathers do have an odour which can be unfamiliar when our experience is of leather tanned using modern-day methods in large factories. But please be assured that any leather smell emanating from your new pouffe will gradually fade on airing.
To care for your pouffe we recommend using a dry, or slightly damp cloth, to remove marks or spills. Keep use of water to a minimum and avoid soaps, polishes and cleaning products. If a cleaner is necessary choose one specifically designed for leather. Treated well leather ages beautifully and becomes more soft and supple over time.
Our oiled pouffes are incredibly popular and come in a natural tan or dark chocolate finish. The natural oil used to seal the hide and give the leather a sheen may transfer to other fabrics so we recommend placing your new pouffe on paper or cardboard until the oil has been fully absorbed into the leather.
Pouffe Filling Guide
If you are in the UK and order your pouffe ready stuffed we will fill it with a layer of recycled wool felt and coir (coconut fibre). In Morocco pouffes were traditionally stuffed with camel hair and we find coir gives the same satisfying weight and density in the absence of camels here in Edinburgh!
Your pouffe can be filled with almost anything you have to hand, polystyrene balls, scrunched up newspapers and plastic bags, or old clothing and fabrics such as sheets. It is an eco-friendly way to use up materials you may have stored at home for recycling. Alternatively, your local furniture upholsterer should be able to supply suitable stuffing materials.
Step by Step Instructions:
1. Make sure the material you are using is clean and dry.
2. Unzip the pouffe and open it out to itʼs full shape.
3. Start by gradually filling the edges of your pouffe to ensure that all the small spaces are fully stuffed. This will prevent air spaces forming in your finished pouffe.
4. Continue to add stuffing evenly ensuring the sides and seams are filled out.
5. Please avoid over-filling your pouffe as this could put a strain on the zip when closing, but over time as your pouffe beds down it can be topped up with more filling.
Leather Babouche Slippers
Our leather babouche slippers are handmade exclusively for Bohemia by highly skilled artisans in a small, family run leather workshop in Marrakech, Morocco.
The leather we use is beautifully soft sheep hide which is dyed by hand using natural colours made from plants. Our babouche slippers are made entirely by hand and minor flaws and imperfections are characteristic of the materials and methods used, and only add to the beauty and character of our collection.
These slippers are designed for indoor use only, and on smooth, dry surfaces. They are not suited to outdoor or poolside wear and may suffer from heavy use on old wooden floors. You may clean your babouche with a dry or slightly damp cloth. If a cleaner is needed please choose one specifically designed for leather and keep use of water to an absolute minimum.
Tanneries in Morocco cure animal hides using centuries-old, traditional methods and natural, organic ingredients. The new leathers may have a slight scent which can be unfamiliar when our experience is of leather tanned using modern-day methods in large factories. But please be assured that any odour will gradually fade on airing.
Moroccan Kilim Boots
Our leather and kilim boots are handmade exclusively for Bohemia by highly skilled artisans in a small, family run leather workshop in Marrakech, Morocco.
The boots are entirely handmade using naturally tanned Moroccan leathers and handwoven, vintage kilim rugs. Each pair of boots is unique due to the individual character of the kilim rugs we source. Any minor variations or marks are characteristic of the materials and methods used and only add to the character and beauty of our collection.
With wear the boots will become soft and supple and the leather will develop a rich patina. The surface can be cleaned with a dry, or lightly damp cloth, or a cleaner specifically designed for use on leather. Woven kilim is hard-wearing and keeps itʼs colour but if necessary can be cleaned with a soft brush or vacuumed with the brush attachment.
Leather Satchels, Briefcases, Backpacks and Pop Bags
Our bags are handmade from leathers dyed to our bespoke colour palette in a traditional Spanish tannery. Leather is a natural material which develops character with use and any cracking which might appear on the buckles or straps is perfectly normal and not a fault in the product.
You may use a protective spray designed for use on leather which will help to seal your bag against water and dirt. But please read the instructions before use and test it on an inconspicuous area of your bag before applying. If your bag gets in the rain wet please allow it to dry naturally and away from direct heat. Avoid leaving your bag in direct sunlight as this may cause the colour to fade. Baby wipes are useful for cleaning off small marks!
Canvas and Leather Bags
Our utility bags are made from 100% cotton canvas and hunter leather which are both natural and untreated. We recommend you treat your new bag with a protective spray designed for use on canvas and leather. A good waterproofing spray will act as a light sealing agent against water and dirt. Follow the instructions given and test the spray on a small inconspicuous area of the bag before applying fully. If your bag gets wet in the rain please allow it to dry naturally away from direct heat.
Collonil Nano Pro is a specialist waterproof protection spray for all materials which maintains softness and breathability.
Scotchgard Outdoor Fabric Protector forms an invisible barrier which protects textiles from water, dirt and grease while maintaining the original look and feel of the material.
Our jewellery is handmade using gold plated metal, sterling silver and silver plated metal, along with silk thread. We advise customers to avoid exposing their jewellery to chemicals such as soaps, perfumes, hairsprays, deodorants and cosmetics, which can cause silver and gold to tarnish. We also recommend you remove jewellery before taking a bath or shower. The cholrinated water in swimming pools and spas can react with the metals in jewellery causing discolouration and structural damage so please remove your items beforehand.
To clean your silver and gold jewellery we advise you use jewellery polishing cloths specifically designed for this purpose.