What makes Turkish Towels so special?

Super soft, super absorbent, super light and super quick to dry. That’s what makes the Turkish Towel so special.Turkish towels are the perfect towel for the bathroom, the pool, the beach, travel, really everywhere!

Turkish towels, also known as Peshtemal towels in Turkey and Fouta towels in North Africa, originated in the city of Bursa, in the 1600s and were traditionally used in Turkish Baths according to most historians. Sultans of the Ottoman dynasty, who ruled Turkey at this time, as well as all subjects of the empire would use these special towels in the hammam (Turkish Bath) and in their everyday lives. According to the ancient Ottoman traditions, when a couple decided to marry, they would give each other a bath set, with these towels being the central piece.

Turkish towels are large flat-woven towels made from Turkish Cotton; a premium cotton that has extra-long fibers. Because of this unique material, the towels are known to become even softer, fluffier, and more absorbent with successive washings. Turkish towels are also thin, so they dry much quicker than a normal cotton terry towel. Even though they are larger in size, typically 80 by 40 inches, they are very compact. Compared to a thick terry cloth towel, Turkish towels take up much less space when folded.

Turkish cotton is similar to Egyptian cotton. Both have extra-long fibers that result in stronger, smoother cotton threads and minimal areas where fibers are joined. Egyptian cotton towels are known for their exceptional absorbency. However, the more absorbent it is, the wetter the towel can stay after use. Towels that are too absorbent may stay damp longer in humid climates. Turkish cotton towels are highly absorbent, but they’re also efficient when it comes to drying out.

 Because Turkish towels are strong, compact, lightweight and dry quickly, they are great for travel. They pack easily and they can be used in many ways: as a throw to keep you warm on the plane, to lay on at on the beach, as a picnic blanket, over the stroller to keep the sun off of baby’s eyes, and of course, as a towel to dry you off!

When purchasing these amazing textiles, look for Turkish towels that are hand-loomed in Turkey. Also, make sure that they are made from 100% First Grade, Organic Turkish Cotton. Turkey leads the world in organic cotton production, over 40% of the organic cotton from all around the globe is grown on Turkish farms. This cotton is produced without the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers. Most often, it is harvested completely by hand reducing its carbon footprint since no heavy machinery is used. Additionally, Organic Turkish Cotton utilizes 91% less water than conventional cotton in the growing process; making it healthier for you, the farmers who produce it, and the environment. 

Below are some of our favorite quick tips, gathered from Enchanted Home, on how to care for your Turkish Towels:

  • Soak them in cold water in a tub or a sink for about 12 hours before washing or using, This will make your towels more absorbent because the fibers will be allowed to bloom and expand.
  • Wring the towel out and let it hang to dry completely after the first soak and before the first wash
  • After the initial soak, you can just wash your Turkish towels using the normal washing and care process for Turkish cotton, but never use bleach or fabric softener because the chemical will make the towels less absorbent.
  • While you can machine dry your Turkish towels (on a gentle cycle set to low or medium heat) it is much more preferable to hang dry your towels. This helps preserve the towel and encourages the softness, fluffiness, and absorbency to continue to grow.
  • Cutback on detergent because the soapy residue that builds up can make your Turkish cotton towels start to feel stiff. By using a little less detergent it’ll make it easier for your washing machine to get out those last bits of soap.
  • Use a cup of white vinegar every six weeks or so you’ll remove all the residue from your towel and restore them to full softness and absorbency.

Turkish towels are not fast fashion, rather they are an artisan crafted textile.  They are soft, absorbent, compact, light-weight, and environmentally friendly, but best of all, they are beautiful to the eye and to the touch. There are so many colors and pattern to choose from, you are only limited by your own aesthetic. The Turkish towel is special in every way!

Information gathered from: Loom.ist, Apartment Therapy.com, Anatolico.com, Pottery Barn, thebalimarket.com, Enchantedhome.com and redlandcotton.com


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