About Us

Ilgen Paydas, Marketing Director of Cotton & Olive Hi there! Thank you for visiting our webpage.

Let me first introduce myself. I am Ilgen, the marketing director of Cotton & Olive.

Cotton and Olive is a small online business run by me and my husband since 2012. We are both born and bred Turkish citizens who have been living in the UK long enough to become British. Our move to the UK was due to a new role my husband has been appointed to for BP UK back in 2005. It all started with a 3-years contract and it never came to an end. Having raised our 2 daughters- the youngest one is off to Uni this year- we are now fully involved growing our business.

We started our business selling only Turkish hammam towels and robes online, the lightest version of the traditional towels which makes them much more practical to use, wash, dry, store, carry around. We added our bedspreads & throws as product variations at a later stage. However, we kept our concept of “being lightweight and practical throughout our store” and created our bedspreads & throws totally in line with this concept. And they are truly loved due to their original patterns and colour options which go well beyond greys, blacks and whites. Cotton and Olive is offering a wide range of cotton throws of various sizes and bedspreads for a single, double and super king sizes. We just recently added our cashmere and wool throws to our existing cotton selection, and we are super excited with this new product group. And we keep on designing and creating new throw and bedspread models for 2020, going bolder and even more colourful than ever.

We source almost all our products from south-west of Turkey, straight from the looms of the traditional weavers who are doing what they have been doing for generations. Our designs come alive thanks to their skilful craftsmanship. You can find more about our weavers’ and their super charming village of textile, Buldan, in one of my blog posts.

We use pure cotton for the majority of our products so much so that we have given its name to our brand. We also love bamboo and linen fibres blended with cotton.

So here we are, proudly presenting our beautifully wholesome hammam towels and robes, naturally complemented by hand-crafted olive oil soaps from my hometown, Antakya, at Southern Turkey, right on the Syrian border.  This ancient city -Antioch- has a centuries-old history of soap-making. And the ‘Olive’ bit in our brand comes right from our olive-oil soaps, as you may have guessed. Our journey just carries on mingling our Turkish cultural traditions with a western flavour, creating our unique version.  We keep adding new product variations, learning a lot on the way, making plenty of mistakes but never losing the spirit of fun and love for the product.

Thank you for being here and sharing our passion.

Ilgen