Pestemal, also popularly known as the Turkish towels are one of the most popular kinds of towel and are widely used across many households. Hardly you would find someone who hasn’t used a Turkish towel even once in his or her lifetime.
It is interesting that the invention of towel is associated with the city of Bursa in Turkey. Traditionally, the towels used to be hand embroidered and narrow but long enough to wrap around the body although the modern day towels are far wider than those. Also towels used to be a very expensive commodity back in the day. It was much later during the nineteenth century with the industrialization and mechanization that the towels became affordable to the common masses.
There are many kinds of pestemal towels available in the market with different styles and colors each of which are produced in different parts of Turkey. Now one might wonder what the fuss is all about regarding these Turkish towels. They appear and feel like the regular towels we use everyday and that is somewhat correct. The Turkish towel does not differ very significantly from the normal towels.
They absorb water almost as fast as a traditional towel. They do have certain advantage to them too. They dry comparatively faster than normal towels and takes up less space. So when you are travelling and are short in space you can squeeze in a Turkish towel in some corner of your suitcase more easily than the traditional towels. This is one of the reasons that Turkish towels are preferred by travellers all the time.
There are different types and different brands of Turkish towels available in the market. The Knotty’s brand of Turkish towels are known for their bright colors and extra large sizes that they come in. The Cacaia towels are comparatively more traditional than the Knotty ones but comes in a wide variety of colors too, just like the Knotty ones.