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The towel is said to have originated from Bursa in Turkey back in the 17th Century. Bursa was home to a number of natural hot spring baths which included healing ingredients such as natural sulfur and iron. The baths were popular amongst the wealthy and their popularity gradually spread across the East.

The towel then known as The Pestamel (traditional Turkish Towel) was a thin woven piece of cloth. It was large enough to wrap around the body and was both absorbent and stayed light when wet.

As the Ottomon Empire grew so did the towel and its uses, and by the 18th century this plain woven piece of cotton had grown both in size and thickness (pile). As you can understand this piece of cloth was still only really available to the wealthy, it wasn’t until the 19th Century with the introduction of the cotton trade as well as industrialisation that the towel became more accessible.

As manufacturing processes developed the cotton ‘terry-towelling’ was born and gradually became more affordable and sold in shops. Designers began to work with the weavers which resulted in wonderful elaborate designs, bringing style and sometimes elegance to this once plain woven piece of cotton.

The towel has come a long way since its humble beginnings and is now a necessity in western homes. Nowadays there is a towel available to suit everyone’s requirements and to match their budgets.

The towel is said to have originated from Bursa in Turkey back in the 17th Century. Bursa was home to a number of natural hot spring baths which included healing ingredients such as natural sulfur and iron. The baths were popular amongst the wealthy and their popularity gradually spread across the East.

The towel then known as The Pestamel (traditional Turkish Towel) was a thin woven piece of cloth. It was large enough to wrap around the body and was both absorbent and stayed light when wet.

As the Ottomon Empire grew so did the towel and its uses, and by the 18th century this plain woven piece of cotton had grown both in size and thickness (pile). As you can understand this piece of cloth was still only really available to the wealthy, it wasn’t until the 19th Century with the introduction of the cotton trade as well as industrialisation that the towel became more accessible.

As manufacturing processes developed the cotton ‘terry-towelling’ was born and gradually became more affordable and sold in shops. Designers began to work with the weavers which resulted in wonderful elaborate designs, bringing style and sometimes elegance to this once plain woven piece of cotton.

The towel has come a long way since its humble beginnings and is now a necessity in western homes. Nowadays there is a towel available to suit everyone’s requirements and to match their budgets.

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