A Turkish towel, also known as a peshtemal, is a traditional flat-woven Turkish textile made from cotton or linen. Turkish towels are very thin (often just slightly thicker than a bed sheet) and lightweight. This makes them extremely portable and easy to store. They can be folded or rolled and several fit nicely into a beach bag, gym bag, suitcase or in your linen closet. They are perfect for use in smaller spaces or on the go.
If you’re not used to drying off with a Turkish towel you may be surprised at first by just how thin they are. Will this bath sheet dry you off? Turkish towels (which are much thinner than regular terrycloth towels) surprisingly have even more drying power than a fluffier towel! This is because Turkish towels are created with extra-long Turkish cotton fibers, which increase the towels absorbency and allow them to become even more absorbent over time.
Because the towels are so thin, drying time is drastically reduced. This means less odors on your bathroom towels and no more carrying soggy towels home from the beach with you. More traditional looking Turkish towels are often woven on manual hand looms and the more intricate designs are woven on automatic looms. All create a tight weave that makes these towels perfect for the beach. They are often known as “sand free” towels because sand brushes right off.
Turkish towels are also larger than traditional towels. You can wrap it around yourself with no embarrassing gaps. Perfect for people who prefer full coverage!
Ways to Use Your Turkish Towel:
Turkish towels are extremely versatile and can be used for many purposes. Keep on in your car for impromptu adventures! Here as some ideas of how you can use your Turkish towel:
- Beach towel
- Yoga blanket
- Swimming towel
- Picnic blanket
- Table cloth
- Scarf, shall or sarong
- Bath towels
- Lap blanket
- Wall tapestry
- Lounge chair/furniture covering
If you’re looking for a towel that will provide all of the benefits of terry cloth but with less weight and more versatility, a Turkish Towel is just what you need. They can make bath time in your home feel like a spa experience and they make beach days much more enjoyable. We hope this article has helped you decide if a Turkish towel would be right for your home; we know they're perfect for ours!