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A calming wave rolls over those entering the hammam. Each guest is greeted by brilliantly subtle tile-work and ornately-sculpted columns that meet the majestic archways above. The staff at the hammam are a truly dedicated set. They’re committed to the quality of their craft and are often people of very few words. They usually choose to let their handiwork speak volumes instead. Upon arrival, each guest pays a minimal fee at the hammam and is presented a fouta to use for the day. This fee translates to about $1.50 or $2.00 USD. First comes a leisurely twenty minutes in the...

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Like foutas themselves, their very colors are steeped in tradition as well. Many of the popular fouta colors can be traced back to the areas of Tunisia they represent. One of the oldest cities in the world, Carthage, lies in the north of Tunisia. This ancient city has seen the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, amongst many other dynasties. The deep yellow for Carthage is reminiscent of the sun scanning over the steadfast ruins that make transport the city it’s Old World roots.  Gabes, a medially located city along the eastern coast, is represented by the Hamsa hand, or...

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Now into June, the vibrant, lush colors are saturating the landscape. The sun is staying longer, like that old friend you haven’t seen all winter. The water’s calling your name too. What are your plans for the season? BoatingToss your foutas on board when you hit the lake or ocean. They help to keep the seats and deck dry when everyone’s jumping back and forth, between soaking up the rays and cooling off in the waves. They also make considerate gifts to stow below deck for guests who forgot to bring their own towels.Enjoy the ParkThere’s so much that parks...

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The Most Versatile Item You Could Own Tunisian cotton foutas have transcended time, keeping their rightful place in the home and spa due to their unique balance of beauty and versatility. Aside from the obvious role as a traditional, more romantic version of the modern towel, foutas take on an endless array of additional uses. Foutas are wearable fashion. As a shawl or sarong, they can elevate a simple, neutral look with texture and detail. Adding a contrasting­colored fouta to a dress, classic ‘jeans and tee shirt, or swimsuit can enhance the depth of an outfit in an unexpected and...

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Get Familiar with the Fabulous Fouta Foutas (pronounced “foo­tah”) are the reminiscent symbol of mediterranean spas and relaxation. Both men and women wrap themselves in these traditional, multi­purpose towels when sauntering through the variable steamy and dry­heat sauna rooms in the turkish spa, or hammam. Upon entering, the fresh scent of these clean linens confirms the hammam is the leisurely epicenter of culture, casual luxury and community. In Tunisia, as well as other mediterranean countries, foutas are a staple of the local culture. The word “fouta” is Arabic in origin, simply meaning “towel”. Available in a brilliant array of colors...

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