WHAT IS A TURKISH TOWEL?
A turkish towel is an authentic traditional type of towel made in Turkey. Traditionally, turkish towels come with a hand-tied fringes and are made in Turkey with 100% Turkish cotton. These towels are known for their beautiful design, lasting a long time – and for making great bath towels.
Here’s why Turkish towels are different from regular towels:
1) They’re made with high quality Turkish cotton, which is known for being great for textiles such as towels. This is because Turkish cotton is not too soft and plushy, and won’t absorb too much water.
Turkish cotton also gives certain characteristics to the towel, such as:
- The Turkish Cotton Sheen – Cheap lower quality imitators often try to copy the appearance of turkish towels, but end up with a product that feels different, just because they don’t use real Turkish cotton. After you see a real turkish towel, you’ll know what we’re taking about.
- Fast Drying – Because Turkish cotton isn’t TOO absorbent, Turkish towels end up being fast drying.
2) It’s compact & packable – The Turkish Towel is handwoven in looms in such a way that is very lightweight and easy to pack. This means that it is a lot more compact than a regular towel.
Each of our towels is made by a villager from a tiny village called Babadag, they only have 3,000 inhabitants and this is their livelihood. Buying a turkish towel from us will be supporting the livelihoods of the Turkish people!
Traditional, high quality turkish towels are made through a looming process. Yarn is loaded up onto looms, and is then sown to create these turkish towels. There are a lot of “pestemal” available that are made in China, and are low quality imitators. Generally — if it seems too good to be true, it is!
One of the stiff competitors of the Turkish towel has to be the Egyptian towels. The two types of towels are almost similar and without expert advice, one can easily confuse the two. Egyptian cotton used to make Egyptian towels is equally soft and of high quality. The towels are extremely soft and absorb more water than their Turkish counterparts. Does this mean that Egyptian towels are better than Turkish towels? The answer is NO. Although the Egyptian towels are softer and absorb more water, they have major setbacks that make them second to Turkish Towels. Egyptian towels absorb way too much water and start smelling after getting wet. They have a musky smell that is extremely strong. This is the exact opposite of the Turkish towels that don’t get soaked easily.
The other major difference between the two towels is the time taken to dry. Whereas the Turkish towels dry very quickly, their Egyptian counterparts take a lot of time to dry after soaking with water. The fibres used to make the Egyptian towels have a higher absorbency power and equally higher water retention capacity. They can retain water for up to three hours. This means they require longer hours to dry than Turkish towels.
The other difference that give Turkish towels the upper hand is the fact that Egyptian towels are relatively harder to fold and store. Turkish towels, can be folded easily and quickly. You can fold up to 8 towels and stack them up in the drawer comfortably without destroying them.
All in all the verdict seems to favor the Turkish towels. Before purchasing a towel it is extremely important to inquire the origin of the cotton used to make the cotton. The similarities in Egyptian and Turkish cotton have led to an increase in the emergence of black market towels disguised to con the unknowing customers. Be careful therefore when purchasing the towels.
Once you have a Turkish towel, it is important to maintain it and keep it as clean as possible. A towel is extremely susceptible to germs and contamination. Shared towels especially, should be regularly cleaned to avoid transfer of germs and harmful bacteria that can cause skin diseases. It is important to therefore know how to wash and maintain your Turkish towels. Once you have used the towel, it is important to wash it at least twice a week depending on the frequency of use. Another awesome fact about Turkish towels is that, the more you wash them, the softer and better they get. The towels become more adsorbent after washing too. This should therefore encourage you to regularly wash your towels. The towels are extremely delicate and should therefore be handled with care when washing them. Here is a recommended way to wash your Turkish towels without spoiling them.
· Use normal cold or warm water of below 50 degrees Celsius.
· You can use a detergent of your choice to wash your Turkish towels if it is extremely dirty. If not very dirt just rinse the towel in clean water without a detergent or washing soap.
· Hang up the towel to dry on its own. DO NOT USE A DRYER. Turkish towels dry pretty quickly on their own and don’t need to be dried in the dryer. Using a dryer makes the fibres of the towels softer and spoils the towels quickly.
· DO NOT USE BLEACH OR FABRIC SOFTENERS. Using bleach and fabric softeners wears the fibres of the towels. The bleach also makes the towels to fade over time making the towel look unpleasant
· If you are using a washer to wash the towels, set the spins at below 800 spins per minute. Higher speed will tangle the tassels.
After some few washes the knots at the end of the tassels might start to slightly unravel. This is a manageable situation because the threads are easy to braid and you can make a knot on your own. Let the towels dry out on the sun before using them. 30 minutes are enough to completely dry your towel. In order to keep your Turkish towels soft, fold them properly after washing. You can then iron the towels, under low temperatures to soften the fibres making the towel extremely soft and silky waiting for the next use.
In order to further soften the Turkish towels use white vinegar to wash the towels at least once every 6 months. Vinegar softens linen and leaves it feeling silky. As earlier warned, avoid using linen softeners as they will destroy the fibres.
To dry the washed towel, hang in it in the open with enough sunlight exposure and air circulation. Drying the towel well will eliminate any odors left on the towel. The rays of the sun further kill any germs and bacteria on the surface of the towel. As earlier warned don’t use Tumble dryers to dry the towels. Tumble dryers will entangle the loose tassel ends and will make the towel fluffy. A fluffy towel leaves behind fibres on the skin after wiping. This will easily wear your towel out.