The History of "Peshtemal" dates back to the 12th Century daily life of Mediterraneans. It was first used in bath houses in the Roman Empire, which were later called 'Hammams', then extended its use in kitchens, living rooms, patios, beaches, and more. By the 14th Century, the peshtemal was widely used in Europe, North Africa, and Middle East. It 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 and Iran.
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. Because this thin cotton towel that is soft and absorbent, it is very quick to dry, limiting any bacterias growing in your towel. It's a great choice to wrap your body after a quick shower or a long bath, when you walk out the ocean or when on a picnic, it has a use for almost every occasion. The extent of its uses in different fields, the peshtemals now come in an array of colors, sizes, shapes and even materials.
As read in Apartment Therapy blog written by Taryn Williford: "Turkish towels – sometimes called Peshtemal, Hammam or Fouta towels – are made from Turkish Cotton, a premium cotton that has extra long fibers. ... Because of this unique material, Turkish towels are known to become even softer, fluffier, and more absorbent with successive washings".
We recommend our thin Turkish peshtemals to use around beaches and pools, we advise you pick a thicker 'Hawlu Peshtemal' for after bath use, one side is peshtemal other side is a fluffy towel. We have also decided to add some color to your experience by having so many varieties to match your personality. After a year of research, we were able to find a variety from the heart of our traditions' heart and bring you this 800 years old custom peshtemals to your fingertips.