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How to choose the right Turkish towel?

What is a Turkish towel?

Turkish towels, also known as peshtemal, hammam or fouta towels, are flat woven towels traditionally used in Turkish baths. They’re soft, absorbent, dry very quickly and are ultra compact, making them a great alternative to terry cloth towels. With many different choices and price points, it can be hard to choose the right towel. In this blog post, we’re sharing the 3 most important tips you need before buying a Turkish towel.

1. Material

Choose 100% cotton as it’s the softest and most absorbent. Turkish towels made with ring spun cotton are the softest and most durable. Towels made with polyester or a different material will have a sheen to the fibers.

2. Weight

Towel weight is an important sign of good quality. The higher the weight the better the quality. We don’t recommend Turkish towels that weigh less than 11 oz. Get 11 oz or higher for ultra softness and absorbency.

3. Finish

Did you know that you’ll loose around 4 inches of your towel after the first wash? Shrinkage is caused by the tension applied to the threads during construction. Once they’re washed, the tension is released causing it to shrink to its natural size. Choose towels that are pre-washed to get the most out of your towel.


Which Turkish towel is right for you?

Turkish towels are very versatile and can be used in many different ways. You can easily use the same towel for the bath and the beach, a cover up, or for travel - as they're lightweight and easily fit in a carry-on bag. However, Turkish towels come in different weave patterns, which may limit the use of your Turkish towel. 


Why you should choose The Longest Thread?

  • All of our towels are made with 100% premium ring-spun Turkish cotton.
  • All of our Turkish towels weigh more than 11 oz for ultra softness and absorbency.
  • We pre-wash our towels so that you get the most out of your towel.

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