The secret's out.... Fouta towels have arrived, and we're obsessed! Chances are you've heard of fouta towels (or possibly their alternate names, Turkish towels or Hammam towels), and wondered... what exactly are they, and what is the best way to use them? The truth is... we use them for EVERYTHING! Far from just a towel, we think they're the ultimate lifestyle essential.
Fouta towels originated in 19th century Syria, where they were used by men and women to cover their bodies while at the public baths. Lightweight and typically woven with a thick or thin striped pattern, these towels are famous for their chic fringed edges. The foutas on the market today are woven in the same manner and style as traditional Turkish weavers, but have been updated in a rainbow of colours and designs.
Upon looking at them, you may think that foutas are good for one thing and one thing only: as a towel. After carrying them in the store for several years, we've tested them out and discovered that they're useful for so much more - they're our go-to for the summer months.
Because they're light, they dry very quickly; this combined with their ultra-large size makes for a perfect beach towel. We've also used ours as a summer scarf or pashmina on cold summer nights, a picnic blanket for outdoor concerts, a tablecloth for the cottage, and even as a throw to accent a bed or couch.
Now that you've discovered all of the ways to use your fouta towel, we have a surprise for you... it's GIVEAWAY time! We're giving away a Fouta Ibiza Throw (value of $114), in your choice of Fuchsia or Turquoise.
It's simple to enter:
2. Like our branded "Giveaway" post
3. Let us know in the comments if you prefer the Fuchsia or the Turquoise Throw
4. Tag as many friends as you'd like!
Contest is open to all residents of Canada or the United States. Contest closes on Thursday, April 14th at 4:00 pm, and one winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!
Our Pillow & Duvet Sale has officially been on for a week! There's nothing we love more than helping you choose the right pillow or duvet for you, so we thought we'd create a starter guide to answer all of your questions! Just in time for the weekend - sit back, relax, and watch our top 5 videos on these essential sleeping pieces.
1) How should you shop for pillows and duvets?
2) What pillow size is right for you?
3) What's the difference between synthetic and down pillows?
4) What should you be looking for in a down duvet?
5) When should you be replacing your pillow?
Take 20% off of our entire selection of pillows, duvets, featherbeds, mattress and pillow protectors and more throughout the entire month of April!
Q: Why do I need a mattress and pillow protector? Aren't my fitted sheets and pillowcases enough?
A: Here’s something we can’t say enough: mattress and pillow protectors are ESSENTIAL! Try as you might, your mattress will not fit into your washing machine. While you’re sleeping, your body secretes perspiration and natural oils (even if you shower before bed), which can cause yellowing and trap odours within your mattress. A mattress pad puts another layer between you and your mattress, protecting your mattress from wear, and shielding you from pesky dust mites that live within your mattress. A bonus: a mattress pad adds a layer of softness to your bed.
When it comes to sleeping pillows, the same rules apply. A pillow protector provides an added necessary layer between your face and your pillow, preventing your pillow from yellowing and greatly extending its lifespan. Your mattress and pillows are investments, and using protectors will help extend their lifespan (offering you more value on your investment).
All mattress and pillow protectors are 20% off during our Pillow & Duvet Sale in April. If you have any questions, contact one of our dream bed experts at 1-800-363-6080.
Adelchi Milk (our most pinned image of all time!)
Happy Tuesday! Do you follow Au Lit on Pinterest? Whether your bedroom design style is polished preppy, modern minimalist, or beautiful boho, we've got thousands of inspirational photos that you'll love (updated daily!). You'll also have access to all of our gorgeous in-house images to fill your own pinboards.
We've rounded up some of our top bedroom pins for the month of March to inspire you. Follow us @aulitfinelinens to get in on all the action!
Hot off the press! The May issue of Style at Home just arrived on our desk, and we were psyched to catch a glimpse of our bedding amongst the stylish pages. Check out how designer Jennifer Ferreira created a girly haven for two lucky little girls featuring our bedding.
It's no secret that seeing fresh flowers bloom are enough to brighten anyone's mood. While we've only caught a tantalizing glimpse of spring this year, we've got a decorating idea that's guaranteed to put a spring in your step 365 days a year.
It's simple: add florals to your bedroom in the form of pretty pillows, graphic wallpaper, or a headboard upholstered in a beautiful blooming fabric. To inspire you, we've rounded up our favourite floral bedrooms to inspire you. Enjoy!
Want to get this look for your own bedroom at home? Shop our selection of floral pillows for your own best-in-bloom moment at home.
Mokuren Graphite Cushion