Ottoman Turkish Bathhouse

One of the greatest attractions when in Turkey is the Hammam. Nothing gets you as squeaky clean as a good soak and scrub and the turkish are very good at doing so. Following the exfoliation and relaxation stage, you’ll be treated to the foamy peaks of soap clouds. You will find that your body will be lathered from head to toe. A little known Turkish hammam- called the Ottoman Turkish Bathhouse is the only one in Sydney. Located incongruously in a business park in Granville it is the real deal with a warm marble slab, gorgeous...

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Blue Towels

 This famous cobalt blue is back in stock. An everlasting favourite this is the true mediterrainean colour that always sells out first. Just go to Classic Stripe and add Cobalt to your Cart.

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New Stock

 We are in the process of replenishing the stock levels after a bumper first show in New York. There are lots of new colours we are introducing and shall be uploading soon. Please don’t hesitate to email me  at jane@focalpointdesigns.com.au  should you have any enquiries.

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New York- if you can make it there…

We had an amazing time at the gift fair in New York last week. Not having been to New York before , I was totally blown away. We worked pretty hard- but squeezed in a few sights in between. Amoungst the highlights : Greenwich Village, Soho, Nolita, Central Park, 5th Avenue.               The scale of the fair was enormous. Try as I might I could not get around to see it all. Quality and variety was outstanding, I take my hat off to the buyers who have to see so much and make decisions. This...

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Essential Desert Island Accessory

 When you are stranded- a fouta can be so handy. Use as a wrap as the gorgeous girls have here  to add another layer.  And it’s your towel for using after a swim,  it will dry in a flash ! All a girl needs when stranded on a desert Island! Photography: Lisa Haymes at Maitland Bay Australia.  

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What is a fouta for?

A towel , a throw a wrap- often I am asked what a fouta can be used for. I can think of 15 uses : A picnic rug, a tablecloth, a chair cover, a beach towel, a baby wrap, a stroller cover, a shade tent, a pareo, a scarf, a shawl, a travel blanket, a bath towel, a sofa throw, a pool towel. If your fouta is utilized in a way I havent thought of let me know!

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What is a Haik?

A Haik by definition is the Arabic name of a large piece of volumious cloth usually worn as an outer garment . This is typically worn in North Africa. The wool Haik we are currently producing are based on the winter garments- being made of 100% wool. These pieces are ideal as a throw rug on the lounge or bed. The pom pom fringing lends them to be a pretty window covering too.

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Wool Pom Pom Blanket

 We have the most delightful Pom Pom Blankets that we will be launching at the fair in New York in three weeks.http://www.nynow.com/ These gorgeous blankets called Haik come in a range of colours. Haik  are hand spun and hand woven woollen blankets. Woven with a loose weave they are light and soft and are edged with pom-poms.  This blanket is the ultimate ‘Maker to Market’ product. The artisan produces the wool that is then hand spun and hand loomed to create this beautifully unique blanket. Photo: Lisa Haymes, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Haymes-Photographer/157168737649017    

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Hammam or Sauna Towels

  A hammam is a  variant of a sauna or Russian bath, distinguished by a focus on water, as distinct from ambient steam. In Tunisia there are many public Hammams where you can go for a good soak and scrub. You first relax in a room (known as the warm room) that is heated by a continuous flow of hot, dry air, allowing the bather to perspire freely. Bathers may then move to an even hotter room (known as the hot room) before splashing themselves with cold water. After performing a full body wash and receiving a invigorating...

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Fast Drying Towels

 People ask me all the time if the fouta really is a towel. Can they be used instead of their terry towelling- does it really dry the body? Once they have used one they are convinced and I get a lot of repeat business as people order them for their family members and friends. The next question is always” do they dry fast?” The answer- yes! In fact I take my towels straight out of the washing machine and hang on the bathroom towel rails and in a jiffy they are ready to use- so convenient. If you are in need of...

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