Turkish Towels: Peshtamals
Looking for the perfect summer towel? Try a Turkish peshtamal.
I first ran across these towels when studying abroad in Wales, and to be honest, I hated them. After a lifetime of being used to the thick, cloud-like plushness of terry towels, the super-thin, flatweave of these towels seemed completely uninviting.
But after a few days, I quickly became a convert. Unlike terry towels, peshtamals dry fast — really, really fast — which makes them perfect for long summer days spent by the pool or beach. You’ll never have to worry about toweling off — or donning — a damp towel again. Plus, they’re super stylish and come in a variety of bright, summery colors.
I’ve come to like peshtamals so much, I use them from time to time as bath and kitchen towels as well.
You can find turkish peshtamals at a number of places. Just be warned, some can be a bit on the scratchy side.
- Turkish T: Offers a super-soft Turkish towel I’ve been dying to try.
- Bath Style: An Etsy shop that offers a wide variety of styles and colors.
- The Anatolian: Another Etsy shop with a wide selection of Turkish towels.
- Loovee: Another Etsy shop with a wide selection of Turkish towels.
- Turkish Towel Village: An Etsy shop with a small, yet chic collection of Turkish peshtamals.
- Laviva Home: A boutique store filled with tons of unique, foreign items.
- Ella Lou: For every towel you buy, they make a donation to the Global Soap Project.
- Nomadic Thread Society: Started by stylist Nicole Gulotta, Nomadic Thread Socitey offers a variety of unique linens.
- Scents & Feel: Offers unique designs and color combinations.
- Deck Towel: These amazingly large, linen towels are similar to peshtamals and receive rave reviews.
Side note: This type of Turkish towel goes by a number of names: peshtamal, pestemal, pestamal and hammam.