The Turkish towel has a history that stretches back over 600 years and originates in Anatolia, Turkey. As an important part of Turkish social life, the authentic Turkish towel was first intended as part of the ceremonial pre-wedding bridal bath. It also figured prominently for the bride on memorable occasions throughout her life.
But what is a Turkish towel, exactly? A peshtemal (the traditional name given to a woven towel) is simply an absorbent bath towel crafted in the authentic tradition. These towels are made from 100% Turkish cotton and feature beautiful, colorful patterns.
And, the smooth, flat towels are just as useful today as they were 600 years ago! Because they are lightweight, but incredibly absorbent, they make excellent gym or workout towels. Instead of lugging a heavy terry towel to Pilates or yoga, a Turkish towel is easy to fold or roll into a space-saving bundle. They are even quick-drying, so they travel incredibly well.
One of my favorites is from Axii Trading. This authentic Turkish towel towel, pictured, is as close to the original as they come. Made of 100% Turkish cotton, it is soft, absorbent, lightweight and generously sized at 67″ x 39″.
And, it’s so pretty! Axii makes this towel in a variety of colors, each paired with crisp white. Options include aqua, Bordeaux, gray, khaki, lime, orange, purple, and my favorite, vibrant lemon yellow. (In fact, these towels are so lovely and lightweight, they can even do double duty as a beach sarong or scarf.)
If you have a fitness enthusiast on your holiday shopping list, this would make a much-appreciated gift, without breaking the bank. The Axii Turkish towel normally retails for $29.99. However, Amazon Prime members can order one for only $18.99, plus free shipping. For me, that’s one Christmas present down, 17 to go!
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