These colorful handwoven Turkish hammam towels from sorbet ltd have us dreaming of Turkey! Ethan and I have been thinking about visiting Turkey within the next year and we were very delighted to have the opportunity to review a set of sorbet-colored hammam towel hand-woven in rural Turkey.
These towels, also called peshtemal towels, have a long and important history in Turkish social life and have been worn as clothing, used in ceremonial bathing of brides to be, and today are mainly associated with their use in traditional Turkish baths or hammams. Recently, Turkish hammam towels have also been popping up on beaches, pool lounge chairs, yachts, and in travelers’ suitcases as these towels are not only beautiful but lightweight, quick-drying, and made of natural absorbent fibers.
We’ve used ours mainly as beach towels on our travels, and we’ll share our review with you of our experience with these towels.
Review of sorbet ltd Turkish Hammam Towels
The idea for sorbet ltd began on a beach in Turkey as company Director Amanda fell in love with the colorful Turkish hammam towels. She used them on the beach, at the pool, and even as a sarong. After stuffing her suitcase full of the towels to use back home and to give as gifts to friends and families, she realized that although there seemed to be a demand for the towels they were difficult to find in England.
She then managed to source a family run business in rural Turkey who were still making traditional hand-woven peshtemal towels and sorbet ltd was launched in June 2011. The company was named sorbet ltd as the colors of the towels reminded Amanda of ice cream and cool fruity summer drinks.
Basics about sorbet ltd Turkish Hammam Towels
- All the sorbet ltd Turkish hammam towels are made of 100% Turkish cotton and are hand-woven on looms in Turkey. Specifically, the towels are made in a small family-run factory near Denizli Turkey where the towels are individually made in a traditional way.
- They are currently available in 25 mouth-watering colors, such as Blueberry, Passion Fruit, Earl Grey, Pistachio, and Pink Grapefruit!
- They are available in two different sizes. The large Turkish hammam towels are 180 cm x 100 cm (70 in. x 39 in.) and the small hammam towels are 90 cm x 50 cm (35 in. X 19 in.).
- The coloring and sizing may differ slightly across towels given the nature of the dying and handweaving processes.
- Pricing depends on size with the large hammam towels selling for £20.00 and the small hammam towels for £10.00, plus shipping.
- The hammam towels can be purchased directly from the sorbet ltd official website: http://sorbetltd.co.uk You may also email sorbet ltd at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the company at 020 7627 8942 for sale inquiries or for additional information.
Our Experience Using the sorbet ltd Turkish Hammam Towels
Ethan and I expected to be offered only a couple of towels to use for the review, and were surprised when we received a very generous package from sorbet ltd containing four of the large (180cm X 100cm) towels and two of the small (90cm x 50cm) towel in six different colors!
The colors are really gorgeous and we were sent towels in the following six colors: Blue Skies, Turkish Sea, Passion Fruit, Kiwi, Cucumber & Lavender. The colors and names are so yummy! The Turkish Sea and Cucumber colors were two of our favorites, but we really like them all.
When examining the towels, you can really tell that these are handwoven by looking at the corners and fringes of the towels. Now one thing we were a bit surprised about is that they feel a bit rougher than we expected at first, but we found out that they become softer after the first wash. So I would definitely recommend washing them before you use them for the first time to soften them up a bit.
We’ve had the towels for several months and have used the sorbet ltd towels for so many different things so far as they really are very versatile and come in handy in so many situations. They’ve accompanied us locally to the pool and to sit on during picnics and hiking trips. We also packed two of the large hammam towels and one small towel on our recent trip to Korea, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
The great thing about using the towels when traveling is that they are compact and lightweight and can come in handy for a number of travel situations. We used them at pools, at the beach, and on boats to dry off with after swimming. I also used one of the large towels a couple of times to cover up as a sarong while walking around the pool and beach in swimwear. You could also pack them in your backpack or purse to use as a wrap or shawl on chilly nights or for entering churches or other attractions that require your shoulders to be covered.
We have really enjoyed the towels, they are colorful and stylish, lightweight, and really versatile. As a travel towel, they are fairly compact and quick-drying; however, if you are going to be in situations where it is important that the towel dry quickly you are better off going for one of the synthetic quick-dry travel towels as these are designed to dry much faster than natural fiber towels. But if you are looking for a natural fiber alternative, I’d consider giving these hammam towels a try.
Whereas our focus has mainly been on travel related uses, we’ve also used the small towels as guest towels and flung the Turkish towels over outdoor tables as stylish table covers. Whether you are looking for a swimming or bath towel, a picnic blanket, a stylish gym towel, or decorative guest towel these are really great for so many situations.
We hope that our review and photos have given you a good idea of whether or not these colorful Turkish peshtemal towels are a good fit for you or not!
Don’t forget to stop by and check out the colorful hammam towels at sorbet Ltd. If you have any questions about the products, just ask!
**Disclaimer: We were provided complimentary products from sorbet ltd to review; however, this article contains only our own honest thoughts and opinions.**