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100 % Egyptian Cotton: Bath Towel Artisans of the Middle East

April 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

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The true craftsmen of bed, bath and beyond reside in Egypt.

It isn’t that their towels are extra super fluffy (they’re not). Or that their sheets have high thread counts (I never bothered to check).

What I mean is that the country is full of people who can shape linens into an unimaginable array of animal shapes, human forms, and probably even livable loft spaces if given enough fabric to work with.

In this little-known and even less-respected subculture, Mohammed (he of Octopus Hotel fame in Dahab, Egypt) is their leader.

Not content with the usual swans and crocodiles typical in hotels and cruise ships throughout the fertile Nile Valley, this Sinai Peninsula master manipulator incorporates natural materials such as fresh basil, flower petals and broken sunglasses into his masterpieces.

Check out his last day’s piece de la resistance, the Towel Wizard:

Tags: Egypt · Lodging · Travel Insights

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