It may seem to you that it is easy to pick towels. However, this is a deception you won’t realize until the towel becomes harsh, begins to frail, and its color fades over time. In this comprehensive guide, we will be informing our readers on “choosing the right towel”. After reading this article, you will be able to buy all-purpose, high-quality towels that you will be using for a long time, not only for yourself, but also for your loved ones as lovely gifts.
Consider buying peshtemal instead of ordinary towels
“Peshtemal, also known as Turkish towel, Turkish Beach Towel, Hammam Towel, and fouta towel, is a very important tradition that has been carried from the Ottoman Empire to the modern-day. Peshtemals, which are used more frequently today, can be no-pattern, patterned and in various colors. Peshtemals, which are mostly preferred to have colored vertical striped design, are woven from natural yarn such as linen, cotton and bamboo. Peshtemals, which are used by men under waist and by women starting from underarms, are in fact the oldest dresses of the human history.”
Turkish beach towels are light-weight, and thin by its very nature. Even though they are light-weight and thin, peshtemals are highly absorbent, quick drying, and extremely durable. For more information on peshtemals, visit our “history of peshtemal” page!
Be sure to buy an all-purpose Turkish towel
We believe in order to make the most use out of a towel you should choose a multi-purpose Turkish towel. When buying towels you should consider the areas in your life that you will need and use towels and picking one that will be useful in the most areas is crucial. Turkish towels you buy should have a stylish texture so you can use it in your baths not only to dry yourself, but also as a decorative item. They also should be light-weight, and easy-to-pack so they won’t take much space in your backpacks so that you to take them to your travels. You should be able to use the towel picnic mattress etc. Most importantly you should be sure that it doesn’t contain any harmful material on their texture so you can confidently used them.
Being light-weight, thin, durable, soft, highly absorbent, and quick drying by nature, peshtemals are the winner of the contest between them and ordinary towels!
You should decide the perfect size for you
First and the most important thing while picking a peshtemal is if the product wraps your body and makes you feel comfortable while you are using it. You should be comfortable with the size of a peshtemal for the best use! A hammam towel of size that fits you is the all-purpose hammam towel for you. If its long enough, you can use it after a relaxing bath; you can take it to your travels and use it at beaches, pools, spas etc. In short you should carefully choose the size that you are comfortable with.
Should you go for a heavier towel or lighter towel?
If you insist on buying ordinary towels, you should generally go for the heavier ones because they tend to be more absorbent and softer than the lighter ones. They are also higher in quality. However, if you want to give hammam towels a try, you should keep in mind that peshtemal being lighter DOES’NT mean it is not high-quality nor absorbent! Peshtemal is a very old tradition and an irreplaceable part of daily lives of Anatolian people! Peshtemal became thinner, lighter and more absorbent and quicker drying in time. It is also easy-to-pack due to its thin and light-weight texture which makes it perfect for your travels.
Weaving type matters
You might not know that there are more than only one weaving types, yet there are! Weaving type greatly affects the quality of a peshtemal’s quality. A towel can be woven in ringspun, combed or twisted-fiber. We suggest you always ask your seller about the weaving type that is used during the manufacturing proccess of the peshtemal you are thinking on buying or carefully read the description of the product if you are buying online!
Based upon our experience in this field, you should go with the ringspun cotton. The softest and most durable towels are made with ringspun cotton. It’s made by tightly twisting long and short threads together to create the strongest, smoothest yarn possible. The combed cotton is made by specially treating the cotton fibers before being spun into yarn. As a result, it becomes soft yet not as soft and durable as ringspun.
The other thing about weaving type is whether it is single looped or double. Even though double looped woven hammam towels feel more luxurious and dense, most of the hammam towels that are being manufactured are single looped. Double looped woven hammam towels might feel more luxurios and dense, yet single looped woven towels are quick-drying; therefore they are more practical and healthier!
Cotton type, Egyptian vs. Turkish
Softness is one of the most important aspects of a Turkish towel and it is the most crucial thing to consider! It should not irritate the sensitive skin, it shouldn’t leave marks and scratches. They should be soft and safe enough to use them even for baby care.
If you do a detailed research you will come to notice that there is not only one type of cotton. After reading many articles, and comparing Turkish cotton with Egyptian cotton, we can say that Turkish Cotton is the highest quality cottonin the entire World. Consisted of longer fibers than other cottons, Turkish Cotton is a special cotton! Any Turkish towel manufactured from Turkish cotton are thinner yet strong, more durable, softer, and more absorbent. It is the thinner fiber that allows the Turkish Towel to be more absorbent yet highly quick-dryingg. This is important as the longer the towel stays wet, higher the risk the occurrence of the development of bacteria and germs.
All in all, you are not only buying yourself a towel you are also making a decision about your health
Don’t forget! While buying any kind of hammam towels, bathrobes, or beach wear etc, you are not just buying them! You are also making a decision that might affect your health! Hammam Towels you are buying should not contain any harmful dye, or allergents on their textures. That leads us to the price issue. We are not saying you should spend a fortune to buy hammam towels. But you should not definitely go for the cheapest ones either. You should consider the fact that even if the towel is expensive for you it should be seen as an investment because a good expensive towel will last a decade or two. After all cheap can be expensive.
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