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About Ilgen Paydas

I am Ilgen - I was born and bred in Turkey and unexpectedly moved to UK with the family in 2005 and even more unexpectedly stayed here for good. The reason for this move was my husband’s job assignment with BP, UK. My passion for peshtemal towels started in 2006. I was always fond of these handy traditional towels as a user. I started to try to sell them in the UK, although it was more like a hobby to me rather than a business. After a few years it became a serious business with great potential for growth but never losing its fun spirit, in the least. I am the greatest fan of these Hammam/Peshtemal towels. Now we have introduced many other products and ranges to complement these towels and we are delighted to bring these high quality products to the UK.

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+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Peshtemal, Towels, Turkey|0 Comments

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+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Bedspreads and Throws, Peshtemal, Towels|0 Comments

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+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Peshtemal, Towels|0 Comments

Mother’s Day Special Voucher

Mother's Day is fast approaching on Sunday, 11 March. We haven't forgotten the most deserving people in the world - mums! We've created a special voucher to help you pamper your mum in style with a 15% discount throughout the store. Looking for Mother's Day inspiration? Our bath towel selection is one of the [...]

By | 2018-03-19T13:42:47+00:00 March 4th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Bodrum Peninsula Markets

Bougainvillea flowers in a Bodrum backstreet Bodrum is a naturally attractive resort at the very South Western tip of Turkey. It has a lovely mild and dry climate all year around. Lovely beaches, hills & mountains covered with dark green shades of bushy scrub mark this place as point where blue and green [...]

By | 2018-03-19T13:43:17+00:00 January 10th, 2018|News, Turkey|0 Comments

Why Bamboo Peshtemal Towels?

As our brand name suggests, we are great fans of cotton and use cotton yarns extensively in our products. But we have another speciality - bamboo blends, which we feature in our bamboo peshtemal towels. There is a huge interest in bamboo fibre in textile right now, so we're taking a look at the advantages [...]

By | 2017-12-18T16:52:48+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Peshtemal, Towels|1 Comment

New Cotton Throws are on Their Way

We launched our very first cotton throws last year as a product variation. We just wanted to see the customer response to new products like bedspreads, fully-certified organic cotton towels & robes and throws. And we were really happy to see how warmly our bedspreads and throws had been welcomed and so  much loved. We’re [...]

By | 2018-03-19T13:45:26+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Bedspreads and Throws|0 Comments

Cotton Throws from Cotton & Olive

Accent double bedspread Does your living room need a new look? Or would you just like to refresh your bedroom without breaking the bank? Or do you simply need a tasteful cover to protect your sofa whilst having a nice texture and colour laid on it? Well, the simplest solution is to spread [...]

By | 2018-03-19T13:51:42+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Bedspreads and Throws|0 Comments

New Textile Trends for Home – Peshtemal Cotton Bedspreads

Beautiful textiles from faraway lands are a new trend emerging in British homes. Ikat cushions from Asia, wedding blankets from Morocco and lovely colourful wool throws from Peru are just a few of these fabrics you can brighten up your home with. The trend represents a certain lifestyle which involves open mindedness and deep love and respect for [...]

By | 2017-07-07T06:52:04+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Bedspreads and Throws, Peshtemal|0 Comments

Fully-Certified Organic Cotton vs Fairtrade

It has been a while since we have last posted in here. In the meantime, we have been through a lot. A number of new products have been stocked and launched on our site. Up to now we have been a retailer of Peshtemal towel and robes. Now we have expanded our product selection and [...]

By | 2017-06-23T12:24:39+00:00 October 19th, 2016|News|0 Comments

What Is a Peshtemal?

Peshtemal towels are lightweight, cotton towels traditionally used in Turkish baths. Often hand-woven by local artisans, they are also known as hammam or fouta towels and are used in Turkish baths both to cover the body during bathing and to dry off afterwards. Recently, Peshtemal aka Hammam towels have become more and more popular around the world. [...]

By | 2018-05-04T17:37:34+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|Turkey|0 Comments

Exciting Times At Cotton & Olive

It was a busy, buzzing winter for Cotton & Olive. We didn't know anything about hibernation. Our constant search {for more unique designs in better quality} to deliver something fresh and outstanding to our customers kept us whizzing for months. It was really exciting times after all. Finally we are nearly there! Cotton & Olive, [...]

By | 2016-10-21T12:53:18+00:00 May 4th, 2016|News|0 Comments

The Blue Voyage – A truly Mediterranean Legend

A truly Mediterranean Legend: The Blue Voyage... This is a highly recommended - once in a lifetime - tour for the families and group of friends to make and share tons of memories that they will never forget. Gulet is the vessel that will help you make your dream come true with its welcoming happy crew. And [...]

By | 2017-07-18T16:51:13+00:00 March 15th, 2016|Turkey|1 Comment

Logistic Planning For A Holiday in Turkey

  Planning for a time-efficient and fun-filled holiday is always the key to keep the tension levels down whilst travelling into an unknown land. If you are planning to spend your summer holiday in Turkey, then there are a few practical tips you better bear in mind. Before booking your flight and the accommodation, it [...]

By | 2016-08-02T23:55:13+00:00 March 1st, 2016|Turkey|0 Comments

A Typical Beach Day in Bodrum

Gunaydin! -Good morning! is a Turkish greeting word used before noon to mark the start of a day. The Turkish schools' summer holiday is long and it is quite a hot season in Turkey,  so it shouldn't be surprising to say that Turkish people are quite keen to have a summer house away from the [...]

By | 2017-05-11T17:19:18+00:00 February 3rd, 2016|Turkey|Comments Off on A Typical Beach Day in Bodrum

Valentines Day – The time tunnel

The history of Valentine's day Love or romance, should we say, has always been in the agenda of the mankind. Even in the pre-Christian times of the ancient Rome. Valentine's Day is believed to be originated from the pagan celebration of spring. It was known to be the feast of Lupercalia which lasted 3 days [...]

By | 2016-08-02T23:53:10+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|Valentines Day 2016|0 Comments