pretty, multi-purpose find: turkish towels

Pestemal towel

 Harriet Bell alerted us to a great find: cotton Turkish towels (we love testamonials from people we trust). She wrote:

I bought two of these about six weeks ago and I’m going to buy more.   They are great bath towels, lightweight and wash/dry beautifully.  No more terrycloth for me.

No wrinkles. They are incredibly absorbent. Take up little space. I bought red and white ones and the colors have stayed, too!  So far we’ve just used them as bath towels, but they’d be great to take a nap on in Central Park or take to the beach. Even use as a wrap/shawl! Our terrycloth towels are lonely in the linen closet.

We imagine they’d make a great sarong, table cloth, curtain…

Pestamal towel

Harriet found hers at Joss & Main, a time-limited members-only sale sight where they’ve sold like hotcakes. The sale is over so we hunted around for anothe source, and think we’ve found them at Indigo Traders, and at the Turkish Towel Store, where they come in a wide array, from neutrals to vivid colors. They’re called Peshtemal towels; here’s a great overview.

The dilemma: how to choose…

Thanks Harriet!


8 Responses to pretty, multi-purpose find: turkish towels

  1. Anna 09.04.2012 at 9:11am #

    My goodness, $29 ++ for one bath towel? My goodness!

  2. Sally 09.04.2012 at 2:36pm #

    I hear these towels last YEARS, and they are also multipurpose…My experience is that beautiful WELL-MADE things can be a bargain, even if they initially seem pricey, if they give pleasure over time…a kind of amortization.

  3. Peggy Markel 09.06.2012 at 6:05pm #

    ahhh…my bath towel just cost me 55 euro! I should have gotten 2 for 1.
    I bought it at Cibreo in Firenze. I got the linen and organic cotton one and Fabio
    is a great marketer and salesman.

    I have no doubt that I will find a million uses for it, even as a shawl or scarf!

    These are amazing garments, soothing and soulful. I’m just glad that I have one that’s at this point strewn across the couch. It looks so pretty.

  4. Caner E. 08.28.2014 at 10:52pm #

    Once you are used to traditional turkish towels, you would never use again classic terry cloths or fluffy towels.
    Why you should use more when you can do same with less ?
    Turkish towels are not only practical but also sustainable. They use half amount the cotton that regular towels are using.
    It’s getting really popular everywhere. The designs are also getting more stylish.
    Check this website for variety of Turkish towels : Koza Turkish towels>


  5. Gustavo 09.25.2014 at 4:04pm #

    I just simply love them, I was introduced to them 2 years ago in Panama, where I am form and a well known friend was bringing them to sell from Istanbul, bought for and they are absolutely great, i use them as towels, to go to the beach, to cover myself when it gets a little chilly out there… every time i pull them out people just can’t stop commenting on them. Now guess what? I just got to Istanbul, and will buy tons of them!

  6. Mary 03.18.2019 at 2:02am #

    Hi, I have been really interested in getting a small Turkish towel for travel, but am having trouble finding a blue, pink or purple color in a price range I can afford. Does your company have any rejects you can’t sell, so I may try one before buying? Thanks! Have a blessed week!😀

  7. Sally Schneider 03.18.2019 at 8:48pm #

    Sorry. We don’t actually sell Turkish towels here. We just wrote about them. Perhaps youll find some here or here. And there are some pink and purple towels here.

  8. Peshce 06.14.2019 at 5:48am #

    P E S H C E is a turkish label that has modernized the traditional Turkish towels into daily lives of many people. Add a touch of luxury to your life with our decorative and functional Turkish towels, Peshkir towels, Roundie towels, kids wear, Bathrobes, Beachwear, and Home & Living décor. With a rich cultural importance in the Turkish community, the peshtemal towels are travel-friendly because they are the thinnest towels in the world. Not just this, they are super-absorbent and light-weighted too! Use them as scarfs, table clothes, gym towels, spa towels, sarongs, Runner, throw blankets, or as hammam towels.

    The most important factor in which the Turkish bath towels and Turkish kitchen towels beat ordinary towels is design and style. Turkish towels are available in splendid patterns, colors, and designs. The designs are flamboyant but not haughty, and they are very appealing. Which is why the Turkish towels are not just used as a boring bath towel, but as a fashion accessory. People flaunt their Turkish towels at the beach, at the gym or even use it as a piece of home décor. Even the sub products made from the Peshtemal, like the Turkish bath towel tunic, have soft pastel colors and simpler patterns like triangles or stripes. These minor difference makes the Turkish towels extremely classy and trendy.

    P E S H C E is a Turkish Peshkir hammam towel company, offering a wide range of Peshtemal products. Other than the traditional Turkish towel, P E S H C E offers roundies, Peshkir, robes, beachwear, home and living and other collections.

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