I can’t remember where I first spotted them a few years back, but I instantly became obsessed with Turkish towels, also known as peshtemal or hammam towels. Traditionally hand-woven on looms in Turkey, the towels have a long history—they’ve been used in Turkish baths, the hammams, for centuries. The soft cotton is lightweight and super absorbent, making them dry much more quickly than a traditional cotton terry towel. They often come in bright colors as well as more muted tones, and are extremely versatile for bath and beach, even as a scarf, sarong, or a summer throw. Oh and—they’re finished off with simple striped designs and hand-knotted fringe that feed my bohemian longings like no other. Guys, these are just good.
For some reason I could never bring myself to order them online, so the second we decided to visit Turkey last year you better believe I saved room in my suitcase to bring some home. The hard part was not buying 20 of them…I might have slight regrets about only buying half that many. Lucky for you, you don’t have to travel around the world to get your own—here’s a good collection of where to buy them!