We know you likely don’t think about towels every day, but we think you should. Our signature product at Indigo Traders is the traditional Turkish bath towel known as the pestemal. Once you try this charming, light weight towel, you may never go back to an ordinary terrycloth towel. For years we have traveled throughout Turkey in search of family-run textile makers who value tradition and insist on quality. We have discovered amazing families still producing towels and home textiles as they were generations before. We have fallen head-over-heels in love with pestemals and the kind people who make them. We think you will love them, too!
What is a pestemal?
A pestemal (pesh-te-mahl) is the authentic Turkish bath towel. It is flat-woven with hand-tied fringe, typically made of Turkish cotton, linen or even silk. It is also known as a hamam towel as it is an essential element of the legendary Turkish bath experience. Pestemals come in countless designs, textures, weights and colors. The hand towel version of the pestemal is called a peskir (pesh-kir).
Which pestemal should I try first?
Get your feet wet with the classic pestemal at Indigo Traders. Wash and dry it first to break it in. Pestemals get better with use, but please launder them gently (see below). Then branch out to the linen, herringbone or honeycomb pestemals.
How do I care for my pestemal?
Gentle laundering is best. Machine wash in warm or cold with like colors. Tumble dry on low or line dry. Please do not use bleach, harsh detergents, dryer sheets or high heat. Pestemals get better with use and some need to be “broken in” by washing and drying them in a dryer on medium heat a few times. This make them softer and more absorbent.