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What is Peshtemal?

What is Peshtemal? 2016-03-03T22:00:50+00:00

Peshtemal is a flat-woven, cotton fabric that has been primarily used as a traditional cloth in Turkish Hammams to cover the nudity. The contemporary peshtemal towels that we use today have evolved from this historical hammam tradition. Nowadays, they have become very trendy, super absorbent and quick dry bath & beach towels .They have a very distinctive stripy pattern, and hand-finished tassels on the fringes which make these towels truly authentic.

The Peshtemal towels are 100% pure cotton.Cotton and bamboo blends are also very sought-after. Bamboo is a natural fibre, very well known for its high absorbency, softness and natural shine. The Turkish peshtemal fabric has been traditionally woven on hand looms by local villagers for generations. In the south-west of Turkey, this humble family tradition is still a very resonant lifestyle for most of the villages.

The size of peshtemal towels may vary slightly as they are hand-loomed. However, in general, their size is 90×180 cm and once folded, they are absolutely compact to pack and carry. They are lightweight, fluff-free towels which are extremely easy to wash and dry. Their average weight is 300 grams which is an extra bonus for travelers, campers and for other outdoor activities.

Last but not the least, the Turkish peshtemal towels are very versatile, long lasting and colour-fast fabrics. Their compactness and practicality allow them to be used and enjoyed in every possible occasion such as picnic blanket, sofa throw, children’s blanket, tablecloth or beach sarong.

A remarkable increase in demand for the peshtemal towels in the last few years, has been encouraging the production of these fabrics in a broader design and colour range with much improved quality without losing its simple authenticity. We do hope you give a try to these inspiring towels and enjoy them as much as we do and share our passion for them…