The peshtemal, or Turkish bath towel, is a lightweight textile that has its origins in the hamam, or Turkish baths. These diaphanous fabrics were used in daily life to wrap the body in the hamam, as well as for ceremonial rituals. The unique double-layered weave of these towels makes them quick-drying as well as highly absorbent. Extremely lightweight, they are ideal for tossing in a gym bag for the post-workout shower, tucking into your pack when hiking or bringing along to the beach. Each towel has a thin stripe pattern throughout and hand-knotted trim, which adds a simple decorative finish.
Pull the knots on the fringe of the towel before washing for the first time to ensure that they are tightly knotted. Before first use, the towel can be placed in cold water for 12 hours to strengthen the fibers and increase absorption, while reducing the possibility of shrinkage. After the soaking, wash in cold water. For subsequent washes, wash the towel in warm water with similar colors. Do not use fabric softener on this textile as buildup and residue decreases absorption.
As a child, Tara Strategier developed a love for Turkish heritage and handmade goods during her family’s annual trips to Turkey from the Netherlands. In 1997, Strategier, along with her husband Maarten ten Böhmer, started to sell Turkish goods they had sourced on travels together from their living room. The couple now sells Turkish goods from a storefront in Haarlem, Netherlands.
100% cotton Turkish bath towel. Substantially thinner and lighter than a regular bath towel. Woven with a double layer for extra absorbency. Subtle grey and white stripe pattern and hand-knotted fringe. Hand loomed by artisans in Turkey. Also available in Blue Stripe.
80" x 34" (203 x 86 cm)
Weighs 10 oz (0.3 kg)
- Hand loomed by Turkish artisan
- Double layer weave and thin stripe pattern
- Finished with hand-knotted fringe trim
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