TurkishLux offers Turkish towels, silk scarves and other goods. Among our towel offers you can find pestemal towels as well as traditional Turkish towels. 

Pestemal, which is woven using traditional techniques come mostly from our workshops in the Aegean area. They are made of linen yarn, cotton yarn, silk and organic bamboo, and dyed using vegetable dyes. Pestemal towels are a fashion item as well as a functional towel. They can be seen in beaches across Europe, Brazil, and Australia. Pestemals woven with lighter and brighter materials can be used as shauls or scarves, as an accessory to personal fashion statements. Some of our customers use pestemals as table cloths or place mats at dinner tables as well. In addition, because pestemal is so light and absorbent, it is the perfect companion for a hiking trip or a sports expedition. 

Our silk scarves come from the town of Bursa in Turkey, known for its silk workmanship quality. Scarves are unique, hand made fashion statements. No two scarves are the same. Edges are hand hemmed and each scarf is hand dyed.

We are the importer of these products with no intermediaries. We personally meet every vendor and manufacturer, learn about the products, see them in place and build a personal relationship with all partners we work with. With the confidence we have in those relationships and experiences, we vouch for all products sold in our store.

History of Pestemal Towels

The first knots were tied in Anatolia around 6000 BC. Findings in CATAL HUYUK excavations have shown that Anatolian civilizations had well-developed weaving.

As ancient as the city itself, the origins of weaving in Buldan, a town of Denizli, date back to Tripolis in the Roman era, 2nd century BC.

Buldan is the capital of skillful hands weaving yarn; Ibn Battuta (1331), the world famous explorer, tells the story of Buldan, historical samples of which can be found in today’s Topkapı Palace Museum: “Unique golden lace fabric and cotton fabrics are woven here. The woven fabric and linens are the most durable materials because of the beauty and strength of the cotton.”

  Some pestemal towels are still hand made, in small workshops in Buldan. An expert craftsman can produce 4-5 towels in a day. More modern production techniques are used in bigger workshops, while still respecting the old traditions around patterns and quality.

 

Ancient techniques of preparing the threads is still in use, giving pestemal towels the authentic organic look and feel.

Independent of production method, every pestemal towel is handled by a passionate and caring pair of hands before it makes its way to your home.