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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

Can I Use Hammam Towels as Bath Towels?

I can’t think of a better time to write about using hammam towels as bath towels. You may wonder why now is the time? The simple answer is the current energy crisis worldwide and the myriad ways we are all trying to change our lifestyles to cope with this crisis. Hammam towels are great [...]

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What is a Throw Blanket?

Throws, blankets, bedspreads, throw blankets are among the most common terms we use to define our home textile products. But what do we mean exactly when we use these terms? Throws Throws are small blankets and the most versatile among all. They are usually up to 150 x 200 cm in size and [...]

By |2022-09-01T07:56:38+00:00September 1st, 2022|Bedspreads and Throws, User's Guide|Comments Off on What is a Throw Blanket?

What To Expect When Visiting a Turkish Hammam

Bathing in a traditional Turkish hammam (sauna bath) is probably on most tourists’ to-do-list while they are visiting Turkey. It is partly because tourists are always interested in immersing themselves in other cultures’ traditions. Also, it is partly because they love to get involved in hands-on experiences when they are in a foreign land. [...]

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Best Hammam Towels for Summer 2022

Embrace the Summer with Hammam Towels Getting ready for the coming summer is such a thrilling thought. Even t the prospect of it makes my days brighter, lighter and happier. We are welcoming the summer with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations between 2-5th of June. And it will be followed by a number of [...]

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