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Post by Quilter on Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:49 am

Just over a year ago I bought a set of peshtemerl ( hammam) towels for use in the van. We liked them so much that I bought more for home and, eventually threw out all my conventional towels. I have the standard ones as well as some childrens' ones as bath and hand towels.  Standard is 90x170 cm, child sized 100x60 cm

They are perfect for use in the van; they are very absorbent, dry very quickly between use or after washing, wash, either by hand or machine, easily and don't take up a whole load when doing so. They fold up small for storage and are also useful for swimming, beach towels or throws. Frankly I can't think of any cons !  They are nothing like the dreaded microfibre towels, being pure cotton with a weave that dates back- it is said- to Roman times. The more you wash them the softer they get.

At the moment the shop that I bought them from has a half price sale so, if you have not used them and want to give them a whirl, now is a good time;

https://tinyurl.com/ycrbzry3


I have absolutely nothing to do with the shop other than being a very satisfied customer.  The website shows limited colours. There are others if you look and several other firms selling them, including direct from Turkey.
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Re: Turkish hammam towels

Post by Gromit on Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:03 pm

Thanks Quilter.

Am calling the Memsahib as I type. (See, I can multi-task!!  up!)

Agreed about microfibre towels - they are next to useless, and if these Turkish ones dry quickly that's a big plus point.

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Post by Gromit on Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:43 pm

P.S.

Six towels ordered. At those prices they can't be bad.

Thanks again.

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Post by Quilter on Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:55 pm

Gromit wrote:P.S.

Six towels ordered. At those prices they can't be bad.

Thanks again.


Let me know how you get on with them Dave.  If you've ordered from the same place then they are very fast at delivering. I usually wash mine- just a short wash- before using for the first time.
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Re: Turkish hammam towels

Post by Gromit on Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:32 pm

Already had an email to say they have been dispatched.

Thanks again for the info. If Sian likes them as much as you I can see another order going in for the house.

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Post by bikeralw on Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:36 pm

They might not have any left Dave, I've just ordered 16... Not all for ourselves I hasten to add.
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Post by Quilter on Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:04 pm

bikeralw wrote:They might not have any left Dave, I've just ordered 16... Not all for ourselves I hasten to add.
Al.


I can only ask if you're about to open a hammam ?

Hope they come up to expectations or my name will be mud.  

( You might like to read up on the history of the hammam towel online; some fascinating insights into Turkish culture)
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Re: Turkish hammam towels

Post by bikeralw on Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:40 pm

Not a hammam Quilter, but I have a spa at the bottom of the garden, so get through quite a lot of towels when friends or family come around. I'll try anything to cut down on all the drying!
Cheers for the link.
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Re: Turkish hammam towels

Post by Horobi on Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:49 pm

Have to agree with Quilter.

My wife bought a couple of hammam towels before we went travelling somewhere a few years back, before we had the van. After being initially sceptical I was soon converted and they are brilliant in the van for which we now have another set. They dry in minutes on the bike rack (before we leave site) or we hang them either side of the van along the storage gullys as we drive and they are always dry by the next stop.
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Re: Turkish hammam towels

Post by Lorfal on Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:28 am

Got a few too, funnily enough a lot out of stock!
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Post by bikeralw on Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:36 pm

Towels arrived, tried and tested, does the job perfectly.
Cheers Quilter.
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Post by Quilter on Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:35 pm

bikeralw wrote:Towels arrived, tried and tested, does the job perfectly.
Cheers Quilter.
Al.

Thanks for letting me know Al. I’m glad you like them, I’d have felt awful if you didn’t !
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Re: Turkish hammam towels

Post by Gromit on Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:10 pm

Yes, ours too and although it feels rather strange to dry yourself with a big tea towel, they do "suck" much better than you would think.

Since then we have shown them to friends (on here) who are also going to order some.

Thanks Quilter.  up!

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Post by Quilter on Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:40 pm

Thanks Dave.
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Re: Turkish hammam towels

Post by Gromit on Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:59 am

Just ordered 4 more for the friends I mentioned, who will be away for a week - just in case the half price offer ends soon. uncertain

Nice one Quilter. Thanks again.

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Re: Turkish hammam towels

Post by chrisvesey on Wed May 02, 2018 4:57 pm

Hi,
Just bought some of these, when asked the company said wash on cold, is this what everyone else does?
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Post by Gromit on Wed May 02, 2018 5:06 pm

chrisvesey wrote:Hi,
Just bought some of these, when asked the company said wash on cold, is this what everyone else does?
I doubt it.

I expect Sian just threw them in the washing machine since there were no instructions to the contrary.

Just asked her, and she put them in "Delicates" at 30 degrees. I wonder if that's why they are only a foot square now!!  lol4


P.S. Probably worth washing them before use (I'm told!) as it makes them "suck" better. Strange feeling as I said before, like using a tea towel, but they do work well and dry very much quicker than fluffy towels.

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Post by Quilter on Wed May 02, 2018 5:37 pm

chrisvesey wrote:Hi,
Just bought some of these, when asked the company said wash on cold, is this what everyone else does?

I put mine in a normal wash, the sort I used for towelling towels: 30 deg C, bio washing liquid, 1600 spin. I put in a glug of fabric softener though I understand it is better not to do so when washing towels. Through most of the year I tumble dry washing and, if no softener, get static on some of the clothes which is not nice. I don’t use a hot wash for anything as this affects the active enzymes in the bio liquid.

One year on now and all the hammam towels are much like they were when new with no sign of wear.
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Post by Gromit on Wed May 02, 2018 5:41 pm

P.S. The towels for our friend were ordered Monday and arrived this morning. Our own came just as quickly.

Can't complain about that!  up!

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Post by Bobskate on Wed May 02, 2018 9:31 pm

Tried to order but only pink available. Not sure how that would go down with my street cred. I'm getting an email when grey is back in stock.
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Post by Gromit on Wed May 02, 2018 10:12 pm

Hi Bob

The pink is not really all that pink. More like a faded red. I would mince across to the site showers with one - no worries!

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Post by Bobskate on Wed May 02, 2018 10:21 pm

Dave, my skin is obviously thinner than yours.....or maybe I'm being set up.

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Post by Gromit on Wed May 02, 2018 10:26 pm

Wasn't setting you up Bob.

It really wouldn't bother me, but Sian says I would go around like a scarecrow and never notice if she didn't tell me!  Whistle1

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Post by Bobskate on Wed May 02, 2018 10:40 pm

Dave, Sure you weren't....just tongue in cheek.
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Post by Gromit on Thu May 03, 2018 9:08 am

I could have been Bob. My sense of humour gets out of control sometimes.

I have never been able to take life, or myself, too seriously.  up!

I've got a couple of pink towels for a friend (see earlier posts) and if the colour comes out anywhere near accurately on the screen I'll post a photo for you to look at.

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