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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

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 |2020-04-30T10:57:50+00:00April 11th, 2018|Bedspreads and Throws, Peshtemal, Towels, User's Guide|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 further 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 very popular in Mediterranean countries and quite a phenomenon in Australia [...]

By |2020-05-19T09:02:35+00:00March 20th, 2018|Peshtemal, Towels, User's Guide|Comments Off on Hammam Towels versus Terry Towels

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+00:00January 10th, 2018|News, Turkey|Comments Off on Bodrum Peninsula Markets

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+00:00December 18th, 2017|Peshtemal, Towels|Comments Off on Why Bamboo Peshtemal Towels?

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+00:00November 7th, 2017|Bedspreads and Throws|Comments Off on New Cotton Throws are on Their Way