Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Loving: Turkish Towels

I was first introduced to Turkish towels on an HGTV episode of Dear Genevieve where host, Genevieve Gorder, did a bathroom makeover and gushed about how amazing these towels are. In this interview, she even lists them as a "cannot live without item".

Genevieve Gorder - 'Dear Genevieve'

A Turkish towel, also known as a peshtemal or fouta, is made of 100% cotton and known to be highly absorbent, lightweight and fast-drying. These properties make them ideal for bathrooms, traveling, the gym and the beach. I like that they are so versatile.. obviously use as a towel but also as a throw, a wrap, a picnic blanket or even a table cloth! 

l'aviva home

Etsy has a very large selection of these towels, in various colors and patterns, shop here. The hardest part is picking my favorite ones! I decided to try a few from Etsy seller, Turkish Linen & Towels, which ships from St Louis, Missouri. I must have caught them when they were running a special because I got free shipping and I received them so quickly! I bought these three and just received them yesterday:

Turkish Towels
Turkish Towels

Here they are in my home:

They are shades of gray and black mixed with off-white/white. I like that they are neutral but still pretty and warm. Close up:

They are so soft, I might designate one of them to be a throw only and use the others as towels. If they work as well as I think for towels, I will pick up a few more to replace our current bath towels.

p.s. did you notice I painted the bookcase trim white? Only 1 more coat to go, then the base molding, and the doors can go up!

Have any of you tried a Turkish towel yet??



  1. I'm looking for turkish towels and stumbled upon your post. I purchased some turkish towels about a month or so ago and they were not absorbent. Can you tell me if you've found yours to absorb well and not leave your skin feeling wet after use. I'm wondering if there are different types/brands or if the weight of the cotton matters. Linen vs. Cotton?

    1. Hi there, I'm pretty happy with how ours absorb water but my husband thinks they don't absorb as well as traditional fluffy towels. I will say that the more you wash them (avoid fabric softeners) they become more absorbent so maybe try washing a few times? I've only purchased this one kind which I believe are 100% Turkish cotton so not sure how a linen blend would impact the absorbency. Hope that helps and thanks for stopping by! :-)

    2. I love Turkish peshtemal towels. Try these guys out.

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