What Are Turkish Towels? – An Exhaustive Guide

what are turkish towels? an exhaustive guide

You’ve probably heard the term Turkish Towel thrown around a lot. We wanted to answer any questions you might have about  what makes a turkish towel, why it’s better and how it’s different from a regular towel.

Lets jump right in.

What Makes a Turkish Towel, well, Turkish?

First of all, we should talk about what a Turkish Towel is made from.

A Turkish Towel is a made from Turkish cotton. That’s really why people call it a Turkish Towel.

There is a catch though, turkish cotton has a few interesting properties which make it unique & better than cotton from other countries.

How Is Turkish Cotton Better?

Towels made with Turkish Cotton:

  1. Are quick-drying.
  2. They push water instead of sucking it into the towel.
  3. They don’t get Mildew.
  4. They’re super packable.

Sometimes when people talk about Turkish Towels, they specifically are talking about traditional turkish towels, otherwise known as pestemal.

What’s a Pestemal?

We talk a little bit more about what pestemal is in another post,

A pestemal or peshtamal (pesh-te-mahl) is an authentic Turkish towel. It is flat-woven with a hand-tied fringe, generally made with Turkish cotton. Pestemal are colorful, fast drying, absorbent and an essential element of the Turkish bath experience. Pestemal are used as towels, decorative throws and packable travel towels.


What Do Turkish Towels & Pestemal Look Like?

Turkish Towels can look pretty plain jain – such as this one which we are soon launching:

Bamboo Turkish Towel

Pestemal on the other hand – generally look pretty unique. Such as this one from our selection.






Have any questions for us? We’d be happy to answer.  Just leave a comment below 🙂

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