Best Turkish Towels

The 11 Best Eco Turkish Towels for Bath and Beach

Made in Turkey. Used for centuries, ideal for everything. Sometimes, simple is best.

Flat-woven, tasseled, and typically stripy, Turkish towels may seem like a recent bath and beach trend. However, Peshtemal or Fouta, as they are traditionally known, date back to the Turkish hammams of the 18th century. Made from 100% Turkish cotton, with its extra-long fibers, these towels are super thin, absorbent, and beautiful. So it’s no surprise that they are so popular today. Incredibly versatile, they can double up as a scarf, sarong, throw, or even tablecloth. The good news is there’s no shortage of eco-friendly Turkish towels on offer. So whether you are looking for something compact and colourful for the beach or muted and mellifluous for your bathroom, these sustainable brands will meet your eco and aesthetic expectations.

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1. Coco Loom

Coco Loom was born out of a passion for travel. Make that travelling light! These ultra-lightweight towels are flat woven in the hands of local artisans on authentic looms in Turkey. And each one is a work of art – literally. The Coco Loom team get their favourite artists to think of the towel as a black canvas and create their own unique design. To balance out the manufacturing and shipping carbon footprints, the brand also donates 1% of every purchase to educating the world about the importance of bees.

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2. Quiquattro

These hammam towels are hand-loomed by female artisans in Turkey. The lightweight and absorbent Turkish cotton is mixed with bamboo, which means it dries super fast. Whilst technically for the beach, the more muted designs would make excellent bath towels too. When hung, they dry off much faster than terry cloth. So goodbye mildew, mould, and bacteria! Plus, 10% of the profits go to educating women in Turkey. Good to know, Quiquattro also does beachwear for adults and beach ponchos for kids.

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3. Parachute

Parachute has a whole range of bath towels, from classic to waffle and spa to stripe. However, we have a hankering for the hammam. These are made in Turkey out of 100% long-staple Turkish cotton. Oeko-Tex certified, they are also completely free from toxic chemicals and dyes. Plus, the brand partner with the United Nation’s “Nothing But Nets” campaign. This sends life-saving malaria-prevention bed nets to those in need. 

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4. Coyuchi

You know what you are going to get with Coyuchi. Everything is made non-toxic materials and 100% GOTS organic cotton, in factories that ensure safe conditions and living wages. Their Mediterranean towels raise bathing to an art-form. Traditionally lightweight, they are woven in the Turkish Aegean region from yarn dyed organic cotton and edged in hand-knotted fringe. A set includes 2 bath towels, 2 guest towels and 2 wash cloths. Happy bathing!

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5. Anaskela

Inspired by their endless summers on the beaches of Greece, the founders of Anaskela wanted a less bulky travel towel. Whilst not technically Turkish, their eco-friendly offering weighs in at just 300 grams. Which means it’s so compact, you’ll have more room in your beach bag. Using fibers made from recycled PET bottles, these hammam-style towels are come in an array of contemporary designs and, even better, are sand repellent!

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6. Sand Cloud

Sand Cloud is on a mission to save marine life. From packaging to products, everything is designed with sustainability in mind. But that doesn’t mean their towels aren’t top-notch. Made with longer fibres than terry cloth, these Turkish beauties have the strength to endure the craziest beach antics. Plus they become softer and more absorbent with every wash. With designs to inspire – from tie-dye to turtles – 10% of all profits also go to environmental charities.

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Kin & Kloth

7. Kin & Kloth

Working with weavers in villages across Southern Turkey, Kin & Kloth offer beautifully crafted pieces, made with passion. Due to the slowness of the traditional weaving process, small batches take a long time. As a result, each unique towel is not cheap. Instead its priced to reflect the intricate design process and a fair wage for the individual weaver. No nasties to be found here either. Kin & Kloth use only top quality GOTS certified organic cotton and the best quality linen. The dyes and finishes are GOTS certified organic too, so healthier for the workers and your skin.

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Ebb Flow Cornwall

8.  Ebb Flow Cornwall

Ebb Flow Cornwall just love the versatility of their signature hammam towel. They reckon it serves a purpose for every season. Think swaddling after a surf or swim, cosying around the campfire, posing on a picnic blanket, or wrapping up in winter. With an ethos of less is more and a minimalist approach, they believe the functionality and beauty of their products makes for a healthier, simpler lifestyle. Using the highest quality Aegean cotton and wooden looms, no synthetics have been added. A perfect multi-purpose product for a plastic free, eco-friendly lifestyle.

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Home & Loft

9. Home & Loft

A women-owned company, Home & Loft excel in hand-loomed, hand-spun, and handwoven Peshtemal. They are crafted by skilled artisan weavers, using techniques passed down generation after generation, in an electricity-free workshop in Istanbul, Turkey. The only problem? Choosing between the Gypsy Pink Tribeca towel and the Black Stonewashed throw. Be warmed, Home & Loft also do kaftans, bathrobes and table linens.

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The Turkish Towel Company

10. The Turkish Towel Company

Meet Barton Brass and Seher Gürgün. He’s from Boston, Massachusetts, she’s from Denizli, Turkey. Together, they share a passion for creating towels that bring together modern American design and fourth-generation traditional Turkish towel weavers. Oeko-Tex certified, their goal is simple – to create the softest, most sustainable Turkish towel at a fair price for consumer and craftsperson. With a huge array of designs and styles to choose from, customers also benefit from the “Lifetime Guarantee or 120 Years… Whatever Comes First” policy. If the towels rip, fray or fail due to a manufacturing defect, they’ll be replaced.

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11. Maavi

Simplicity at its best. Maavi just does Turkish towels. Based in the UK, the brand uses it’s Turkish connections to source the softest cotton and the finest weave. Bin those heavy, old terry towels now! A small team, Maavi enjoy working with small cooperatives and local women, often working from their homes, in rural Anatolia. Added bonus – all Maavi packaging is now plastic free and recyclable.

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