The peshtemal is a Turkish traditional towel used in the Turkish baths. There are many kinds of peshtemals with different styles and colors in each local area in Turkey.

In old times, Peshtemal is used to cover the body in hammam or bath, or wrapped from the waist to prevent contamination of clothes while working. Peshtemal has reached to the present from the historic Turkish hammam era. It has a history of nearly six hundred years in Anatolia.

The history of the peshtemal, or Turkish towel is closely tied to the history of Hamams. The first Turkish Hamams, or public baths, were built in the 14th century, drawing on inspiration from Roman baths. Hamams include hot steam rooms and cold water for bathing. The baths provided relaxation, socialization, and rid the body of toxins for a number of health benefits. The peshtemal, a thin towel that is soft, thin, and quick to dry, was the main material used in the Hamam. It could be wrapped around the body as clothing while in the baths. Its ability to dry very quickly also made it perfect to dry the body after bathing. Just as the Hamam had a central role in Turkish culture, so too did the peshtemal.

The peshtemal became even more culturally significant in the 17th century. In the Ottoman palace, the royal women and courtiers wanted peshtemals that were increasingly beautiful and ornate. They hired weavers to design beautifully decorated peshtemals. Also According to the ancient Turkish traditions when a couple decided to marry they were giving to each other bath set as a gift. Peshtemal was the most indispensable piece of this set. This Turkish hand-woven has also been used for clothing in the old days. Later both was changed the form and was varied.

Why G&O Design Peshtemals?

These peshtemals were hand-woven from cotton on a loom, just as G&O Peshtemal’s towels are still made today. Over the 17th century and afterwards, peshtemals were made in a wide range of styles and designs. They grew beyond their origins as a towel for the Turkish baths became an item of both fashion and utility.

G&O Peshtemals absorbs water as fast as a terry towel, dries very quickly, takes up less space and easy to carry and is therefore used as an alternative to the towel in bathrooms, beaches, pools, spas, saunas, massage salons, yoga and pilates centers, sport facilities, kitchen and for baby care. It can be used as an excellent spa companion serving as a towel or wrap, an after shower or massage cover-up, a practical towel for backpacking and boating. You can wear it as a pareo on your swimsuit. Some hotels are serving peshtemal to their guests instead of towel. You can even use it as a shawl or table/sofa cover inside/outside of your house for decoration purposes.

Peshtemals are available in many different beautiful designs, as you can see on G&O Design Amazon shop.