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Peshtemal Towels

Updated: Apr 11, 2019

What is a Turkish towel /Peshtemal?

A Turkish towel is a towel made in Turkey on looms with Turkish cotton/bamboo. Turkish towels were invented in the 17th century in Bursa, Turkey. They also can be called Turkish peshtemal bath towels, foutas, pestemals, and hammams. Turkish towels are considered to be the first towel invented. So they are real classic. Now you know what a Turkish towel is, and you know that the secret to a Turkish towel's absorbency is thanks to Turkish cotton. Towels for people who want to minimize and simplify their lives. Turkish towels are not fast-fashion, Eco friendly, uses less energy while washing and drying, easy to carry. Use it as bath towel, guest towel, travel towel, table-chair cover, shawl, parero, beach towel, spa saloon, fitness center yoga, massage parlour outdoor sports, baby care,...

The biggest question I receive is are Turkish towels really absorbent?

They totally are! Want to know the secret I learned? That day, the seller taught me that the secret to absorbency lies in the unique quality of Turkish cotton. Turkish cotton has long fibers and with use the long Turkish cotton fibers soften and become delightfully absorbent. It's the long fibers of Turkish cotton that make Turkish towels absorbent! Because they're thin, they also air dry super quick!

It became our go-to travel blanket on flights. It became our scarf when it was chilly. It became our pool towel. And when we wasn’t “using” it, we used it to decorate our home for a simple, minimalist look. This towel became so much more than a towel. But we're not here to talk about our obsession with Turkish towels. We're here to help you decide if Turkish towels are right for you. We'll also discuss what to look for when buying Turkish towels, where to buy Turkish towels, and all the things you need to know if you're ready to get started with Turkish towels. Alright, let's go! First things first. But are all Turkish towels the same quality? No way. They're different than regular towels. But their care is quite simple. Here's how to keep your towels looking and feeling awesome. You should soak your Turkish towel before you use it. It needs to be soak to become absorbent. This really helps your towel become more absorbent or use a gentle cycle on your washing machine and a low heat on the dryer. Avoid fabric softeners and dryer sheets as they gunk up the fibers making them less absorbent. And of course, avoid bleach! Turkish towels air dry super quickly, so you can also hang them to dry, which is so awesome. Another thing to keep in mind: Fringes are durable but may come untied from time to time. People love Turkish towels because they’re absorbent, lightweight and quick-drying. Sure, Turkish towels are all of those things. You can use them both as bath & beach towels. Sand free on the beach. You can easily use the same towel for the bath and the beach - because the style suits both settings. You can use it as a travel towel because they're lightweight and easily fit in a carry-on bag while leaving room for clothes, shoes, and other travel necessities. On the beach you can use it as a cute cover-up, sarong or as a dress. To pull off this beachy-boho look. They're also ideal for travel because they air dry quickly. You won't have to pack a sopping wet towel in your bag! To stay warm at home or on the plane you can use them as a light throw blanket or as a scarf. A Turkish towel can be all these things and more because they are incredibly versatile. They can also help simplify your home. By replacing your bulky towels with thin and streamlined Turkish towels you'll have a cleaner linen closet and less laundry.


Machine wash on cold with similar colors.Tumble dry on low / medium heat for maximum softness.From time to time (I do this once a month), add a cup of vinegar to the wash. White distilled vinegar, which acts as a natural fabric softener and leaves no residue on clothing or towels. Just add 1/2 cup to the final rinse cycle. It shouldn’t affect the dye. It will kill bacteria, remove any soap residue, and acts as a natural fabric softener for your towels.


Use bleach.Use fabric softener. Although it’s a bit counterintuitive, fabric softener will make your towels less absorbent. Use vinegar instead.

S O A K    T H E M

Before the first use, you’ll want to soak your towels for 12 hours (or overnight) in cold water. This ensures they’ll retain maximum absorbency and softness. Is this necessary? In short, it allows the cotton fibers to bloom and expand. What does that mean? Super soft towels that instantly soak up water.

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