About Omersa

Over 90 years experience in handcrafting leather animal footstools…

We believe the success of our product is in the simplicity of its design, the use of good quality raw materials, and a well-trained workforce who are happy in the work they do.

What is our Mission?

Our mission is to make a product that truly delights our customers. And which has its own personality created by those who have made it.

We want to continue our heritage of hand-producing, taking time and care, and remain true to traditional methods of craftsmanship.

What is our vision?

Our vision is to remain a British Made product that stands the test of time.

We strive to provide our employees with a safe and happy place to work. We work collaboratively and encourage involvement in all aspects of the creative process. We understand that the well-being of our staff is ultimately reflected in the product.

We continue to employ traditional methods of manufacture which require bespoke handmade tools and craftspeople with a keen eye for shape and quality.

The provenance of our raw material is important to us. Our leather is British sourced from a responsible UK tannery that employs best industry practices. We use wood wool, a natural material made from pine trees, to fill the product which is sourced from European sustained pine forests.

We believe the strength of the product is in the simplicity of the design and its functionality as a footstool. This gives the product great versatility and allows it to sit comfortably in traditional and contemporary spaces.

The Omersa animal is all about the story…

One of the joys of working with the animals are the stories we hear from our customers. They feature in stories of past childhood memories, marriage proposals,  wedding days, first pay cheque spend, home decorating blogs.

We really appreciate our customers taking the time to let us know how much they love the product.

Of course, we are not perfect and gremlins do creep in. We are happy to recognise and rectify any shortcomings that do not meet our customers expectations. We want you to be delighted with your purchase.

Customer stories

In 2019 an old rhino “Ralph” was featured on the BBC’s The Repair Shop (Series 4; episode 2).

The owner had seen the animals being made as a little girl and always wanted one. To her great surprise, her mother gave her “Ralph” the rhino on her 18th birthday.

Her mother sadly passed away shortly afterwards and Ralph is a reminder of the last birthday she had together with her mother. The Repair Shop team under the guidance of Suzie Fletcher were able to  repair Ralph and restore his former glory.

A customer from Sweden sent this note. “In 1974, when I was seven years old, I visited Stockholm with my family. At the lovely shop Svenskt Tenn I fell in love in an Omersa pig. I really wanted it, I mean really really wanted it ……

A couple of days ago I turned 50, and I got big box from my husband. Inside I found the pig! I just burst into tears, it was the most touching, emotional present I ever got.
I have been waiting for her for 43 years, ”Estrid” is now a dear family member.
Thanks Omersa for making these beautiful animals.”

“Dear all at Omersa, I have just received my Omersa Labrador as a birthday present from my partner…I just wanted to say thank you, he is just beautiful, beautifully crafted and such a surprise. I understand that he arrived earlier than expected as you guys are so busy. It has made my day…no, more than that!

I lost my 13 year old chocolate Labrador in February,  and I have to say that my new friend is almost the spitting image! It was very emotional and he will be a wonderful addition to our house.

Your work is exceptional, I have longed to have one of your Labradors for some time now so I am beyond thrilled. Thank you all so much, keep the wonderful work going, you make people very happy!!”

Customer testimonials

Completely lovable!! Thank you for following up with me and for the wonderful product. Hippo was a huge hit with all the kids at Easter Brunch this morning!

2013, USA

We're absolutely delighted with our one-horned asian rhino called Gor (which is Assamese for rhino).  This was a wedding present from my sister-in-law's mother and niece, Thank you for a beautifully crafted gem….

2014, UK

Just to let you know the  King Charles Spaniel stool has arrived and what a beauty he is too,  he will be flying to Dubai next week ready to have a life time of loving from my Grand Daughter.

Dubai, 2011

I have received my amazing rhinoceros.  Please thank the incredibly talently artist (s) who made it. Needless to say I am delighted with it.   Once again,  thank you.

August 2019, England