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What is a hammam towel?

A hammam towel is a thin, flat-woven cotton towel traditionally woven in Turkey. Here at Bohemia, our hammam towels are made by a family-run business in Turkey from 100% cotton and are OEKO-TEX certified. Not only are hammam towels beautiful, but they are also durable and incredibly versatile, which is why we love them!

The origins of the hammam towel trace back centuries to its use in Turkish bathhouses, which are integral to the traditional bathing rituals holding deep cultural significance in Turkish society. These bathhouses provide a serene sanctuary for cleansing and relaxation, often featuring steam rooms, marble hot stones, and a sequence of bathing rituals involving scrubbing and massage. Turkish baths are social hubs where people gather to unwind, socialise, and rejuvenate.

Why are hammam towels so good?

There are numerous reasons why hammam towels are so popular. They are flat woven from Turkish cotton, which is renowned for its long fibres that hold more moisture than regular cotton. This means that not only are they super absorbent, but they are also fast-drying. The flat weave means hammam towels are thin and lightweight, making them easy to pack and ideal for travel, the beach, summer holidays, wild swimming, and for use as elegant bath towels. The superior cotton gives hammam towels extra durability, and the more you wash them, the softer they become.

The best ways to use our Turkish hammam towels.

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As a Bath Towel

With their generous size and absorbent properties, hammam towels are perfect for wrapping up in after a shower or bath. With many designs, colours, and patterns to choose from, take inspiration from traditional hammams and create a spa-like bathroom at home, designed with comfort and relaxation in mind.

As a Beach Towel

Hammam towels couldn’t be more perfect for the beach and for summer holidays. Lightweight and easy to roll or fold flat, they pack neatly into your suitcase or hand luggage. Did you know hammam towels are also sand-resistant as well as quick-drying? The flat weave allows you to shake sand off easily after use, which is another added benefit when on the beach.

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For Wild Swimming

We love hammam towels for wild swimming or for use at the local lido; simply pop one in your backpack or basket bag ready for long lazy weekends in the sun. Their quick-drying and easily packable properties make them perfect gym towels too.

As a Picnic Blanket

Hammam towels make excellent picnic blankets. The soft cotton material will keep you comfortable and provide ample space to relax. Plus, hammam towels are machine washable, making them easy to clean.

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As a Tablecloth

Just like a picnic blanket, you can also use hammam towels as tablecloths. The flat weave and soft cotton lend themselves to creating a warm and inviting table for small gatherings with friends or family. From modern stripes to traditional herringbone patterns, elevate your tablescape with just a few simple, natural elements.

As a Throw or Blanket

With their generous size and tightly woven cotton, hammam towels act as versatile throws or blankets, whether you're lounging at home or on the move. Ideal for travel, they double as wraps for cooler evenings and are perfect for flights or long train journeys.

In short, we love hammam towels for their versatility and practicality. From beach trips to picnics and wild swimming, they're lightweight, absorbent, and easy to clean, making them, in our opinion, a must-have home accessory.

Discover our collection of authentic Turkish Hammam Towels.