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The History of Turkish Towels

by Ozge Uyanik Fien Helfman 05 May 2023

The earliest evidence of Turkish towels dates back to the 17th century. During this time, Turkish baths or hammams were an important part of daily life in the Ottoman Empire. Turkish towels were used in these baths as a way to cover oneself while moving from one room to another.

In the early 18th century, the production of Turkish towels became more widespread. Weavers in the town of Bursa, Turkey began to produce the towels in larger quantities and with more intricate designs. The towels were made using a technique called the 'double-looped pile' which involves weaving the cotton in a loop, making the towels soft and absorbent.

Over the years, Turkish towels became an important part of Turkish culture. They were used not only in hammams but also as a way to cover tables, to wrap food, and as a blanket during cold nights. Turkish towels were also given as gifts during important ceremonies such as weddings.

During the 19th century, Turkish towels became popular among European aristocracy. They were a symbol of luxury and sophistication and were often used as a decorative item in homes. In the early 20th century, Turkish towels were exported to other countries, including the United States, where they gained immense popularity.

Today, Turkish towels are loved all around the world for their softness, absorbency, and versatility. They are used not only in hammams but also as a beach towel, a scarf, a throw blanket, and even as a tablecloth. Turkish towels come in a wide range of colors and patterns, making them a stylish addition to any home.

In conclusion, Turkish towels have a fascinating history that dates back centuries. From their origins in Turkish hammams to their popularity among European aristocracy, these towels have come a long way. Today, Turkish towels continue to be loved for their unique features and benefits, making them a must-have item in any home.

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