What is Turkish Peshtemal Towel?


A Peshtemal is a traditional towel used in baths.

A staple of Ottoman Hamam culture, dating back hundreds of years, the peshtemal was originally designed to help individual bathers maintain their privacy. In addition to being highly absorbent, peshtemals dry faster than thicker towels. Cotton has long fibers that open up with use, allowing the thin towels to be highly absorbent.

Today, this light weight garment lends itself perfectly to quotidian use as fashionable cover-ups, beach towels, bath towels, blankets, throws, decorative table cloth and so much more. In addition to being a wonderful bath towel due to its high absorbency, the peshtemal dries faster than its thicker counterparts.

It is also used to indicate which region people are from. There are many kinds of peshtemal, with different styles and colors in different areas of Turkey.

The peshtemal absorbs water as fast as a traditional towel, dries very quickly, takes up less space, is easy to carry and is therefore used as an alternative to the towel in bathrooms, pools, spas, beaches, sports facilities, and for baby care.

The peshtemal fabric is made of 100% cotton produced in manually operated looms in modern Turkey, historically in Antioch.

Peshtemals are also environmental friendly. You’ll end up spending less water, detergent and energy to wash them. From the reusable cotton bags each towel is shipped in, to the low-energy wash cycle recommended the ensure the life of your peshtemal, our products are designed with the environment top of mind.

Lastly, our products are sustainably and ethically made in Hatay and Denizli, Turkish cities rich with history and tradition. In addition, all merchandise is proudly fair trade.