Utopia    Real Home 08 Jun 2017
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Inspired by Turkish hammams, this bathroom was designed by the jet-setting homeowners themselves

The homeowners, who have travelled extensively in Turkey and the Balkans, as well as working there, wanted their ensuite bathroom to evoke memories of the exotic hammams they visited. With golden red and silver grey marble – a classic Turkish pairing – this bathroom has been created using marble sourced ethically from excavated dormant quarries in Kosovo and Macedonia by Fox Marble Plc, who are helping to regenerate the area by providing employment and encouraging investment.

“In 2015 my wife and I were planning to extend our house and were looking for a striking finish
for our new bathroom and sauna,” explained the homeowner. “Fox Marble’s stone from Kosovo and Macedonia was just starting to become available and we were attracted to the idea of using a new and exclusive material from somewhere we knew.”

They also wanted to use stone that might have been available to the region’s hammam builders at the time to give their project a real sense of coherence.

“We had an architect, but our feeling was very much that this was our bathroom drawing on our travel experiences. So, although several friends suggested we had taken leave of our senses, we decided to have a stab at the design ourselves even although neither of us had an art design or building background and absolutely no knowledge of working with stone!”

 

The homeowners worked with skilled craftsman, Bekim Derguti of Natural Stones Production.

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Published in Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine