THE AUTHENTIC HANDLOOMED OTTOMAN TOWEL

Handloomed Ottoman Pestamel (flatweave) and Boucle (loop-pile) towels are crafted on traditional shuttled looms by some of the last remaining towel weavers from south and south-east Turkey. In fact, the thickest of our boucle towels are made by the only two families who retain the knowledge of this technique on the shuttled looms. Only 20 years ago, there were thousands of towel weavers throughout the country and shuttled looms were a feature in most homes in the weaving centres of south and south-east Turkey (and even Istanbul). Today, however, there are only a handful (our towels are crafted by a group of nine families). The passionate artisans behind our towels have been passed down their skill and have dedicated their lives to keeping the tradition of the Authentic Handloomed Ottoman Towel alive.

HISTORY OF A CRAFT

If it weren’t for the nobles of the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century, the towel may never have evolved into the luxury item it is today. Thanks mainly needs to go to the women in the Royal Palaces who demanded more beautiful designs, colours and luxury from their weavers. The artisans rose to the challenge and evolved the towel into our much-loved luxury item.

YOUR AUTHENTICITY TEST

You will know if your towel is handmade because it will have a selvaged edge (border pattern). It occurs when fibres are woven onto the loom and the weft is taken back and forth. Machine-made towels do not have this as the towel is cut. Also note that it can take up to three days to tie some of the tassles.

KESE – EXFOLIATION MITT & SKIN-HEALTH RITUAL
The use of the kese dates back to the 14th century. From the Turkish baths to the women in the harems of the Ottoman Empire palaces, kese have been used to ensure healthy, soft and youthful, beautiful skin. Our kese are made in the traditional way – woven on old-style shuttled looms. As with the kese in the 14th century, our line of kese are made from tree bark. However, they are also made using silk, goat’s hair, wool and other fibre blends (watch our shop page for new products). It is important to remember that kese are to be used only once every 7-15 days in a shower on wet skin. See ABOUT for kese benefits.

CARE FOR OUR BOUCLE TOWELS

BEFORE USE Soak your cotton boucle and boucle & flatweave towels/robes in cold water for 24 hours, then drip-dry to ignite absorbency. Linen towels may need 3-4 soakings and a few washes. EVERYDAY CARE (cotton, linen and bamboo) Wash on 30-40°C and do not use fabric softener or bleach. Dry in a cool-medium dryer or naturally. Do not over-dry cotton.

CARE FOR OUR PESTAMELS

BEFORE USE Soak your cotton pestamels in cold water for 4-6

hours, then drip-dry to ignite absorbency. Linen pestamels may take more than one soak. EVERYDAY CARE (cotton and linen) Wash on 30-40°C and do not use fabric softener or bleach. Dry in a cool-medium dryer or naturally. Do not over-dry cotton.

CARE FOR OUR KESE

BEFORE USE Ensure you have been in a steamy shower for 5 minutes before each use. EVERYDAY CARE Wash in hot water, then hang to dry. It is important that it dry completely after each use. As it is organic, do not machine wash or use chemicals.

Did you know

The reason why most towels you buy today are absorbent and have no lint is because they are washed in chemicals. However, in doing this the cotton is killed – the towel will smell musty quickly, it will be hard when dried in the sun and it won’t be as absorbent as it should. Our towels are certified organic from the growing to the dying and the washing, so they don't have those issues and they will give you up to 20 years of luxury when dried in a dryer and up to 30 years when dried naturally.