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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

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

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+00:00July 19th, 2017|Bedspreads and Throws|Comments Off on Cotton Throws from Cotton & Olive

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+00:00June 26th, 2017|Bedspreads and Throws, Peshtemal|Comments Off on New Textile Trends for Home – Peshtemal Cotton Bedspreads

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+00:00October 19th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Fully-Certified Organic Cotton vs Fairtrade

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 |2020-04-30T10:54:12+00:00August 2nd, 2016|Turkey, User's Guide|Comments Off on What Is a Peshtemal?