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  1. Turks Head, VeniceWhen you are interested in knots you see them everywhere.

    We walked for hours whilst on a family holiday in Venice and we came across this fellow in one of warrens of streets.

    Venice and the Ottaman Empire had extensive and lucrative trading connections between the several wars and conflicts. This statue may have been carved during  peaceful times.

    It makes you wonder if a sailor came up with the name of the Turks Head for a favourite knot after seeing someone with this kind of headgear.

    We loved Venice, it was magical. Although we were only there for five days, it will stay with us for a lifetime.

  2. 20170817_150733Poly Hemp is a lot easier to care for than natural hemp.

    It is used on classic boats as it looks traditional without  the attention that the old natural ropes needed.

    Vacuuming regularly is best, but if it needs washing , wash gently by hand with a mild detergent, do not scrub, then rinse well. If you have a poly hemp mat or bowl, leave it to dry naturally, carefully retaining its shape. 

    It is UV resistant and rot resistant. It is not affected by environmental conditions.

    We found out that this rope floats after our Ocean Plait Mat disappeared one night during a severe storm. Over a week later a friend returned it to us after they found it in a corner of the harbour! Luckily she recognised it ours. After a rinse it looked no worse for the journey.