Pardon the prematurely beachy nature of this post...I'm writing from sunny Florida, where I came for work last weekend and stayed to visit my brother and his wife in Jupiter for a few days. My time at the pool this morning left me not only with a left ear full of water...but also with a new summer obsession: Turkish towels. My sister-in-law lent me hers after a dip, and I'm totally hooked.
Turkish towels, also called pestemals, are the flat-weave cotton towels typically used in hammams, traditionally hand-woven on looms in Turkey. I've admired the look of them for a while now in catalogs and magazines (it seems like they've appeared everywhere lately, so I guess I'm a tad late to the trend, as usual), but I've never actually used one, and have to say I was skeptical about form matching function. No matter how pretty they are, how cozy and absorbent can a thin piece of cotton actually be? Turns out, totally cozy and absorbent! It dried me off just as well, if not faster, than a typical terrycloth towel. Because Turkish towels are lighter and thinner, it fit much easier into our beach bag, and I love how it doubled as a sarong for the walk home.
Turkish-T is a brand sold at many stores, but you can also buy them directly at Turkish-T.com. With many choices from candy brights to muted pastels, the hardest decision is which color to go with. I definitely want to pick a few up for many summer plans on the horizon. Since they add a pretty, spa-like touch to everything from baths to park picnics to beach days, they'd make a great mothers day gift, too.
(all photos from www.Turkish-T.com)