Turkish Cotton Towel (Grey & White Stripe)

100% cotton Turkish bath towel. Oversized dimensions ideal for a beach spread that fits two people. Woven with a stripe pattern and finished with hand-knotted fringe. Hand loomed by artisans in Turkey. Also available in Double Layer Grey. (more info)

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Turkish Cotton Towel (Grey & White Stripe) - Kaufmann Mercantile

The peshtemal, or Turkish bath towel, is a lightweight textile that has its origins in the hamam, or Turkish baths. These diaphanous fabrics were used in daily life to wrap the body in the hamam, as well as for ceremonial rituals. The special oversized dimensions of this towel make it perfectly suited to be a beach spread for two, so you can lay out and catch the sun’s rays together. Each towel has a repeated stripe pattern and hand-knotted trim, which adds a simple decorative finish.

Use & Care

Pull the knots on the fringe of the towel before washing for the first time to ensure that they are tightly knotted. Before first use, the towel can be placed in cold water for 12 hours to strengthen the fibers and increase absorption, while reducing the possibility of shrinkage. After the soaking, wash in cold water. For subsequent washes, wash the towel in warm water with similar colors. Do not use fabric softener on this textile as buildup and residue decreases absorption.

Production & Design

As a child, Tara Strategier developed a love for Turkish heritage and handmade goods during her family’s annual trips to Turkey from the Netherlands. In 1997, Strategier, along with her husband Maarten ten Böhmer, started to sell Turkish goods they had sourced on travels together from their living room. The couple now sells Turkish goods from a storefront in Haarlem, Netherlands.

Specifications

Size
84" x 62" (213 x 158 cm)

Weighs 1 lb 2 oz (0.5 kg)

Materials
100% cotton

Made in
Turkey

Key points
- Hand loomed by Turkish artisan
- Oversized dimensions and repeating stripe pattern
- Finished with hand-knotted fringe trim
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