• Amazigh Rare Textiles

    Amazigh also known as the Berbers are among the original peoples of North Africa. Their myths, legends and history span 9,000 years, back to the Proto-Mediterraneans. They have achieved unity by keeping up their unique language and culture which are, like their land, both African and Mediterranean. Mid 20th century  wool hanging Matmata Tunisia Red and yellow tie dyed patterns.  The entire fabric was then immersed in an indigo bath giving the overall textile a greenish blue hue Brightly colored yarn in a running stitch depicts Amazigh motifs Stylized plantlike forms serve as fertility symbols In Amazigh culture, women play a central role in creating the aesthetic and symbolic forms…

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  • EGYPTIAN V TURKISH COTTON

    EGYPTIAN v TURKISH COTTON – As you may know Tunisian foutas are made of 100% Egyptian Cotton. This is what differentiates them from other towels called Turkish Towels. So what is the fuss all about Egyptian cotton? What makes it the “king of cotton”? Egyptian cotton is hand picked, rather than by a machine, which is gentler on the fibers. Conversely, Turkish cotton is machine picked. Both Egyptian and Turkish cotton are long staple–also known as long fiber–cotton. Long staple fiber is narrower in diameter, which means more threads can fit into the cloth per square inch. Egyptian cotton is extremely absorbent while Turkish cotton sacrifices a bit of absorbency…

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  • Ethical Trade is our Priority

    – SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING – Thoughtful objects add meaning to our lives. Focalpoint Home represents a store of creative energy from artisans who are committed to cultivating beauty. The homewares market is changing . Customers are more discretionary and have environmental concerns in regards to mass market consumerables. Craft and handmade products are becoming especially popular. We are supporting the Tunisian artisans by buying from them directly- ie no intermediary buyer, which ensures they receive their rightful payment directly from us. If there is no market for the products the artists must find other employment and cease their craft. Focalpoint encourages the preservation of the traditional skills by finding new markets…