This is a traditional Turkish towel made of cotton. They are quite lightweight and not looped like Western towels. They also come in a wide variety of patterns and colours. As a matter of fact, the patterns often represent the region in Turkey from which they were made. Peştamals are used in all baths and widely available throughout Turkey.
Although I love my plush, super soft towels, I think a peştamal would be a great addition to my linen collection. They would be great to take to the beach, they are very portable and could easily double as a sarong or a beach cover-up.
Check out my other posts on my amazing trip to Turkey!