Looking for the perfect bath towel? Read on. Soft, versatile, and lightweight, Turkish towels are the must-have linen you won’t want to be without.
What is a Turkish Towel?
Turkish towels, also known as peshtemal, fouta, or hammam towels, have been around a long time. Originating in 17th century Turkey, these towels are made of high-quality Turkish cotton – specifically tight woven cotton on one side, and plush terry cotton on the reverse. Known to soften with time, Turkish cotton is thin, lightweight, and versatile, so it comes as no surprise that these towels are gaining in popularity.
Turkish Towel Benefits & Uses
Thin & Lightweight
Turkish towels are much thinner than an average bath towel, so they are easy to pack and ideal for travel – be it a quick trip to the beach or an extended vacation.
Turkish cotton is highly absorbent, however it dries more quickly than Egyptian cotton due to its thin construction. The benefit? Quick-drying towels smell better because mildew isn’t given time to accumulate.
Softens with Time
Turkish cotton gets softer the more you use and wash it. Need we say more?
While most commonly used as a bath or beach towel, a Turkish towel can also be used as a throw blanket, sarong, scarf, or tablecloth. The possibilities are up to you.
5 Ways to Use a Turkish Towel
Turkish towels are perfect for the shower or bath because they dry quickly (goodbye mildew). Plus they’re a stylish addition to any bathroom, and we love the fringe.
Dress up your indoor or outdoor seating area with a Turkish towel-turned-decorative throw. They’re lightweight and a detail guests will surely appreciate.
Unlike standard beach towels, Turkish towels won’t become thread-bare with repeated trips through the washing machine. Look for coastal stripes or vibrant hues for a designated beach favorite.
Make a fashion statement and wrap yourself in a Turkish towel or wear it as a sarong. It’s lightweight so you can keep cool and protect yourself from the sun at the pool or beach.
Remember: Turkish towels are soft and durable, and will likely last longer than traditional bath towels. Given their stylish look and versatility, we think this trend is one you’ll be glad you didn’t miss.