You might not know what these are. These are towels that have been used in the hammams or spas in Turkish baths for ages. They are hand loomed from cotton, linen or bamboo yarns in both Turkey and Tunisia ( although referred to only as foutas in Tunisia). They have fringed or tasselled edges, are extremely lightweight and are a plain weave without a terry loop pile. What makes them worthwhile? Since they are lightweight, they dry very quickly. They also take up very little room in a bag, make a great travel blanket, transition from a towel to a sarong to a head turban and they keep motoring into other end uses such as a tablecloth, window treatment or bed throw.
Pestemals have long been popular in the Turkish spas and Western Europeans have embraced them along the Mediterranean. This past year, I have noticed more U.S distributors popping up with them at trade shows for retailers. I’ve seen them touted in travel and shelter mags as well as interiors blogs. I’m just not sure if they have become familiar to many people. I’m betting that they will really catch on next Spring. Some are woven more tightly and are meatier than others. I find that the bamboo ones tend to be the lightest. But,they all work!!!
Here are some in action.