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Why Turkish Towels Should Be The Next Splurge For Your Nashville Bath
by TJ Anderson
Something I often recommend to clients who are getting ready to sell a Nashville home: One of the easiest ways to freshen and update bedrooms and bathrooms is buying fresh linens. It’s a relatively small expense — or, can be, at least — and it brings a lot to the eye, and makes a space feel clean and fresh, with an almost negligible amount of work.
On the bath side, one of my more specific recommendations: Try Turkish towels instead of regular terry ones.
This isn’t a new trend, but definitely a still-growing one, and once you make the switch, it’s easy to see why.
If you’re not already in the Turkish towel a.k.a. Peshtemal club, there are a few reasons why I’m stuck on these. The big one: They’re loomed with long cotton fibers to be soft, thin and light, so they dry almost mind-bogglingly fast. Like 10 to 15 minutes fast. Which means, whether you’re using the towels or just hanging them on hooks as staging decor, mildewy musk is snuffed out. (Smells are important when you’re selling a house, and regardless, no one loves that accidental face full of mildew when your terry towel hasn’t dried quickly enough.)
Another key attribute for easy staging pieces: Turkish towels tend to have that perfect mix of classic and current design, generally built on simplicity and relatively neutral palettes. You’ll find plenty of color, but more often than not, Peshtemal towels have simple stripes, easy patterns, and fringe on the ends for a little extra visual interest.
The one down side: You can usually snag your classic terry bath towels at your local big box for $12 or so, while quality Turkish towels usually run closer to $30 for a full-size bath towel.
It’s a little more of an investment, but these only get better and softer with use, and for spa-like visual (and tactile) vibes, Turkish towels are hard to beat.
Not sure where to find some good ones? Suggestions, below, including Nashville-connected/Nashville-stocked Turkish towels.
Where to find Turkish towels
Oddly enough, one of the more popular Turkish towel companies with Stateside buyers hails from right here in Nashville — Turkish-T, a brand that offers hand-loomed textiles, was born in the carriage house on a Nashville farm. Founder Sue Joyce got acquainted with Turkish towels while visiting bazaars in Istanbul, and brought her obsession back home to Nashville, launching the company in 2009. Since, Turkish-T’s gotten a boost from some high-profile fans, like actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Kidman, and high-end hotels that stock their stuff (like The 404 Hotel here in Nashville). Cool thing: They have lots of bath textiles in simple designs, but Turkish-T also makes great beach stuff, from large towels to hooded ponchos for kids. More/shop at turkish-t.com.
Another Nashville company, The Y'all Book aims to share “timeless Southern goods,” and hand-loomed Turkish towels are in their mix, in classic stripes and simple diamond weave patterns. As this post was going up, their inventory was limited but they had some killer prices — like $14 for a bath towel. (Side note, their vintage rug selection is pretty great too — keep an eye on the Y’all Book Facebook for new arrivals.)
Not a local brand, but a small company that excels in hand-loomed Turkish towel design, California’s The Handloom offers my personal favorites: these triangle-patterned towels, with a double-sided design.
On occasion I have found that some folks miss the particular softness/wicking quotient of terry towels, but still really like the look of a Turkish towel. A good compromise from Serena & Lily online: These towels have cotton terry on one side, your classic Peshtemal look and feel on the other.
For basic quality and solid style, Target always seems to deliver — including with simple Turkish towels. Their options really stand out if you’re on the hunt for particular colors; these beach towels (which can easily be nicely folded on your Nashville bathroom towel bars) come in almost 20 different options, from bright pink to simple gray. Some of the colors come really cheap, too, around $15 for a 69x38" towel.
Are you a fan of Peshtemal towels, or devoted to classic terry? Either way, my original bit of advice stands: New linens go a long way toward making a bathroom feel fresh and new, if you're going to sell your home, or if you just need a bath reboot.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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