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About Ilgen Paydas

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. So here we are, proudly presenting our beautifully wholesome hammam towels and robes, bedspreads & throws 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 naturally mingling our Turkish cultural traditions with the western flavour, creating our unique version reflected in our work. 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 Oct/2019

What is Special About Our Cotton Bedspreads?

When we first started Cotton and Olive back in September 2012, we began with one product: peshtemal hammam towels. Since then, we have added hammam bath towels, hammam robes, fully-certified organic cotton range for adults and children, and bedspreads & throws. Although peshtemal hammam towels always remained at the core of what we do, [...]

By |2018-10-16T19:35:26+00:00October 16th, 2018|Bedspreads and Throws, Peshtemal|Comments Off on What is Special About Our Cotton Bedspreads?

Ilgen’s Top Towel Picks for Summer 2018

Summer is finally here in the UK, and we have definitely been feeling it these past few weeks. With summer comes beach trips, poolside lounging and the occasional spontaneous picnic in the park which means a lightweight beach towel is a summer necessity. I have put together the following 5 best beach towels for [...]

By |2018-07-11T08:05:46+00:00July 10th, 2018|Peshtemal, Towels|Comments Off on Ilgen’s Top Towel Picks for Summer 2018

Hammam Towels’ Home Land: BULDAN

This blog article is a homage to Peshtemal Hammam Towels' homeland - Buldan.  Buldan is  province of Denizli on the Turkish Aegean region and it is peacefully tucked away behind the mountains. It is a retreat 45 km way from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Yes, it is a tiny village [...]

By |2018-05-11T14:46:23+00:00May 9th, 2018|Peshtemal, Towels, Turkey|Comments Off on Hammam Towels’ Home Land: BULDAN

How to Look After Peshtemal Towels, Throws and Bedspreads

I know I have been posting quite a few blog articles evolving around peshtemal and its product variations like peshtemal bedspreads and peshtemal throws; yet I haven't written a post about how to look after peshtemal. So, I'm going to show you a few practical ways to make your peshtemals go a long way in [...]

By |2018-04-11T11:14:03+00:00April 11th, 2018|Bedspreads and Throws, Peshtemal, Towels|Comments Off on How to Look After Peshtemal Towels, Throws and Bedspreads

Hammam Towels versus Terry Towels

Hiya! Today I want to talk a bit about the fundamental differences between hammam towels vs terry towels and also about what to expect when you first buy them. Hammam towels are still a new concept for UK customers even though they are really popular in Mediterranean countries and quite a phenomenon in Australia and [...]

By |2018-03-20T13:08:04+00:00March 20th, 2018|Peshtemal, Towels|Comments Off on Hammam Towels versus Terry Towels