Turkish Towels

A couple of my towels hanging up in the bathroom.

years ago whilst on holiday I admired a couple who wore beautiful
sarongs around the pool, they also used them as towels and they were
perfect palest blues and grey stripes.  When I returned home I was
determined to track them down.  Unsure what they were called and not
seeing anything similar in UK shops I was stumped.  Then one day out on a
visit to a small town in north Devon I came across a shop selling
beautiful bathwares and there on the shelves were my towels.  I
immediately asked the shop assistant about them, who told me they were
called Peshtemal .  

Traditionally used in Turkish baths the Peshtemel is a thin towel made from 100% cotton but with high absorbency.  They are really lightweight and are therefore perfect to pack to take on holiday.  Even though they are really thin, they are incredibly absorbent and get softer and better with every wash.


I also wear them around the pool or to and from the beach.  Some of the larger, thicker sizes also work perfectly as a wrap or a throw on the sofa for chilly, snuggle nights.  You could even use them as table cloths or as picnic blankets.  They come in an array of colours (usually striped)  and also plain white which I love in my home.  People always comment on them when they see them hanging up, a really stylish alternative to the traditional fluffy towels we are used to in this country.

pictures from Pinterest

They are also really good value for money, very affordable and continue to look wonderful for a long time.  The best place I have found to buy them is of course that well known auction site !



  1. The Mummy Diary
    May 8, 2014 / 5:47 pm

    Ooh, how beautiful. I have been looking for some new towels for a while and hubby wants white, I think this might be a good compromise 😉 Thank you for sharing I really love them, heads of to said auction site.

    • karen jones
      May 8, 2014 / 6:08 pm

      Thank you lovely. Make sure you buy the thicker ones for home use. The thinner ones are great for the pool and beach xx

  2. John Miller
    May 9, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    Great post,I like always white towel. How much cost be ?Thank You for sharing with usTurkish Towels

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