In almost every lifestyle magazine and in numerous blogs, you can currently find the flat-woven Turkish cotton towel with the characteristic fringes - the cloth is also a permanent guest in the bathroom or on the beach. But what is a hammam towel actually, and how did it find its way from Turkey to Western Europe? We have taken a closer look at the Turkish bath towel history and believe we know what makes hammam towels so popular.
Where does the Turkish towel come from?
The Turkish towel originally comes from Turkey and is also known there under the name Peshtemal. It is usually made of pure cotton or linen and is presented at the beginning of the Turkish steam bath, the hammam. Men loop it around their hips, and women use it to cover their upper bodies. The former hammam towel is nowadays used in a much more versatile way than the traditional one. It has found its way almost everywhere. Whether on the beach, in your bathroom, during sports, the sauna, in the spa, as a scarf, today, Turkish towels can be found everywhere.
Why is the Turkish towel so popular?
Compared to a conventional towel made of terrycloth, the Turkish towel offers a lot of advantages. Since the towels are woven from 100% cotton, they dry remarkably quickly. Because of this property, they are often used as a beach towel or as a bath towel. They absorb as much water as a terry towel of comparable size but weigh only a third as much and only take up a third of the space. Also, in contrast to conventional towels, the hammam's towels are very versatile, a multifunctional eye-catcher in many color variants. Soft, robust, and made from pure natural fiber.
Further advantages are low weight and the small pack size. The towels are woven from excellent yarn, thin and foldable or rollable, and exceptionally light. Therefore, they are also suitable for those who can no longer find enough space in their suitcase or bathroom for an XXL bath towel. However, if you want to fully enjoy all these advantages of the peshtemal, you must pay attention to the towels' quality. Because not every Turkish towel immediately meets the criteria of a high-quality Turkish towel.
How do I recognize high quality?
The cloth must be made of %100 cotton. Carded - that means combed - long fibers are spun into a thin, even yarn. This is the only way to guarantee that the clothes remain soft, tear-resistant, and do not warp even after being washed several times. The formation of pilling or pilling is also prevented by high-quality yarns—the finer and more even the yarn, the higher quality of the end product. Colorfastness is a prerequisite anyway: the cloth must not give off any color even when it is washed for the first time. It can shrink a little. After all, it is a purely natural product that can be washed up to 40 ° C.Replenish has been awarded the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and is subject to the BSCI rules of conduct. This means that Replenish products have been tested to ensure that they are free of harmful substances and produced under fair working conditions.
What else can a Turkish towel be used for?
The Peshtemal, known as the classic sauna towel, can, of course, not only be used in the sauna and for wellness. In the meantime, the brightly colored and brightly colored towels have conquered many areas for themselves - often even places that you would no longer associate with a bath towel. The light cloths are used as:
- Bath towel to dry off
- Beach towel
- Towel when exercising
- Baby blanket
- Picnic blanket
- Pareo or sarong
- Dog blanket
- Sun sails or privacy screens on the boat or when camping