Raven’s Landing sent me one of their Turkish Towels to review and I am in love!
What exactly is a Turkish Towel or Turkish Peshtemal?
Traditional hand-loom Turkish peshtemals are known for their superior quality and luxurious style. Dating back hundreds of years, peshtemals were the staple towels used in Turkish Baths. To this day, they are still used but mass commercialisation of the manufacturing process means traditional ateliers are few and far between.
At Raven’s Landing, we’ve spent over two years developing deep working relationships with a select number of local ateliers to do our part in embracing this precious craft and supporting their livelihood in doing so.
Each thread must be precisely placed for creating the pattern on the warp; a skill passed down through seven generations of master Turkish weavers. The heart and soul of this Turkish tradition has literally been woven through the very fabric of each towel. This is unlike commercial weaving that creates a pattern on the weft for ease and mass production.
Working in direct collaboration with Turkish artisans, Raven’s Landing provides a meaningful way for discerning lovers of authentic artisan products who are scattered around the world, to connect with Turkish culture.
Our Australian-based designs provide a modern twist to this traditional art, reflecting an eclectic mix of colours and patterns gathered from our own intrepid travels. The most telling aspect of the Raven’s Landing design is that the pattern is on the warp, a clear sign that our towels are not mass-produced.
When I first received my towel I thought it was a bit stiff, and didn’t quite understand how it would keep me dry or be efficient. I quickly discovered that I was wrong and too quick to judge. The instructions ask that you wash the towel before first use and that it will become softer after each wash. True, but does it dry like a towel? Believe me when I tell that it is even better! I brought mine to the beach and I love it. Since it is lightweight it easy fold up and takes up very little space, especially compared to a big bulky towel. It dried quickly. I was also able to use it in a stylish fashion while walking back to my room from the beach. Honestly, it made me feel a bit special to have something unlike anything I had seen that day. Later that evening when I felt chilly, but still wanted to enjoy the ocean view I wrapped myself up in it. Now at home I have it draped over my chaise lounge and it looks amazing. This is the perfect example of a product that is high quality and has multiple uses.
The Peshtemal is perfect for the beach, gym, travel, and home. A great gift for a college student or anyone that needs or wants to own only one item for multiple uses. I am loving not having the bulk. Quality, quick drying, and highly absorbent!
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Disclosure: I was sent a sample for the purpose of review. All thoughts are my own and have not been influenced.