Elegant summer blankets, throws and beach towels

The ultimate throws for summer outings, from chic Tunisian beach foutas to vintage Indian patchwork picnic quilts

Dock & Bay’s striped Cabana towels, £18 each, in extra-large, adequately cover the length and breadth of a sun lounger
Dock & Bay’s striped Cabana towels, £18 each, in extra-large, adequately cover the length and breadth of a sun lounger

QUICK-DRYING BEACH TOWELS Dock & Bay is a Bondi Beach-based company specialising in vibrant and satisfyingly compact towels. These chic styles (from £12), which come in a pleasing palette of colours and stripes, are cut from a velvety and soft 220gsm suede-like microfibre that is quick-drying and approximately half the weight of a normal beach towel. The striped Cabana designs (£18), in extra-large, adequately cover the length and breadth of a sun lounger. The large round towels (£30) in attractive geometric prints are also a great idea for beach and poolside lounging en masse. All come neatly packaged in individual aerated drawstring bags. dockandbay.co.uk. RUTH CAVEN

A selection of beautiful handmade Tunisian foutas, £35 each, from Febronie
A selection of beautiful handmade Tunisian foutas, £35 each, from Febronie
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LIGHTWEIGHT TUNISIAN FOUTAS Handmade in Tunisia on traditional looms, a “beach fouta” (£35) has the crisp coolness of a raw-cotton sheet and the soft absorbency of a luxurious towel. Even at the standard size of 1m x 2m, it has the advantage of occupying virtually no space in your luggage in its rather chic little fabric bag. These designs are of course available all over north Africa, but Febronie in the UK has a wide selection in everything, from emerald green to a restrained eau de nil. They are nothing if not adaptable, making the perfect beach blanket or an elegant cloth for a picnic tablefebronie.com. PAUL RICHARDSON

Rebecca’s Aix’s vintage Indian kantha quilts, from £95, make splendid throws, tablecloths or picnic rugs
Rebecca’s Aix’s vintage Indian kantha quilts, from £95, make splendid throws, tablecloths or picnic rugs
Urbanara’s cotton striped Serena beach towels, £25 each, are made in Portugal
Urbanara’s cotton striped Serena beach towels, £25 each, are made in Portugal

VINTAGE AL FRESCO QUILTS These vintage Indian kantha quilts make splendid throws, tablecloths or picnic rugs. Created from a patchwork of colourful antique fabrics, they have a charm and patina that those who love old textiles will find hard to resist. Rebecca’s Aix Home has a wonderful cache of them for between £95 and £120 each, with free delivery in the UK. rebeccasaixhome.com. LUCIA VAN DER POST 

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PICNIC BLANKETS AND TOWELS Urbanara sources all of its well-designed, tasteful textiles directly from the people who make them, including 100 per cent zero-twist cotton towels from Portugal. The site has a good line in summery offerings: Serena cotton striped beach towels (£25), Saldahna cotton/ linen picnic blankets (£89) with a waterproof nylon underside. To top things off, a no-quibble 100-day returns policy adds to the appeal. urbanara.co.uk. NICOLE SWENGLEY

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