Peshtemal is a special garment that has been a part of Anatolian culture since Greek and Roman Empires and it was perfected with the influence of Ottoman and Turkish culture. Since then, it is being used in many different ways including Turkish baths, beaches, fashion, spas and daily use. It is one of the most attractive garments for Tourists who visit Turkey and it is well known with its light and elegant texture. But what exactly is a peshtemal?
The word is originated from Persians and it actually means a covering garment, a protective apron or a towel that is used specifically in Turkish baths. In short, it historically means a thin garment that is used to cover the lower part of the body. Although it was originally being used by wrapping around the belly and tying on the corners, today it is used a scarf, wrap, head towel, pareo or foulard due to its lightweight and fashionable characteristics.
Apart from being a fashion garment, it is being used as an interior design or home textile element in modern days. It is used to add a piece of tradition, pattern or color to simple, modern interior decorations as a complementary element without breaking the concept. They can be used in bedrooms, living rooms, outdoors and dining rooms as well as bathrooms. Some properties of peshtemal:
Its absorbance measures up to towel’s.
It is portable due to being leightweight.
It does not occupy a lot of space on your shelves or in your bag.
It endures being washed frequently and dries rapidly.
It is environmentally friendly because it requires less detergent to wash.\