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Pestemal, fouta, or a plain ol’ Turkish towels. Call them what you want, but however you fold it, these vibrant linens are popping up everywhere this summer, from pools and beaches, to travelers’ carry-on bags as versatile scarves and blankets, and even as a sarong.
Turkish towels aren’t anything new. They’ve been around for hundreds of years, originally used in, you guessed it, Turkish baths, where their striped designs and hand-tied fringe became synonymous with personal care.
They’re made from Turkish cotton, which is a premium cotton that has extra long fibers, giving them their signature lightweight style, high absorption and strong design. Because they’re so lightweight (practically half the thickness of an everyday bath towel) they also dry much faster, cutting down on laundry time and the likelihood they’ll mildew.
This pestemal is 100 percent cotton and comes in more than 25 colors in the classic design. It's absorbent and gentle on skin, and because they're thinner than everyday bath towels, they dry much quicker and are less likely to mildew and smell over time. Find them for $29 on Amazon.
Rating: 4.8 stars
The Riviera Towel Company Cotton Diamond Print Turkish Towel
This 100 percent cotton Turkish towel is imported from Turkey, and has a unique diamon pattern that differentiates it from most other designs. It's compact, so can easily fit into small storage spaces, a suitcase, carry-on luggage or a beach bag. It's also made with chemical free dyes that are safe for you and the environment. Find them for $42 on Amazon.
Rating: 4.5 stars
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