Turkish bath towels are the powerhouses of the linen world. Yes, they can hold their own in your bathroom and will quickly become your go-to after a bath or shower. But they’ll also find themselves on your packing list for the beach or pool since tied around your waist, they can be fashioned into a convertible coverup. How could one little towel do so much?
Originally used as sarongs and cloths in Turkish bathhouses, Turkish towels are crafted from Turkish cotton, making them highly absorbent and super soft to the touch. Plus, they’re incredibly lightweight and dry faster than ring-spun cotton towels, so they’re ideal for throwing into your beach bag or folding flat and slipping into your suitcase. Plus, with boho tassels, minimalist hues, and strikingly simple patterns, they’ll look fresh and chic hanging on a hook in your bathroom once you get home.
Have we convinced you to start stocking your linen closet with these multitasking towels? If so, see our favorite Turkish bath towels below.
Huckberry Herringbone Turkish Towels
How cool is this herringbone print? We love how modern it feels, especially when coupled with the cool black-and-white coloring. (There is also a blue hue available for those looking to add a pop of color to their linen closet.) Finished with a healthy helping of fringe, these towels are hand-loomed in Turkey with soft and smooth long-staple cotton that dries quickly, thus preventing mildew and odor. Huckberry also proudly boasts that these Turkish towels can be rolled down to the size of burrito, making them perfect for travel as well as the bath.
Food52 Handwoven Turkish Beach Towel
Although touted as beach towels, these handwoven Turkish towels make for luxurious, oversized bath towels that’ll transform your bathroom into a spa-like space. The collection features five stunning striped and sun-washed hues, each finished with bohemian-inspired fringe and made of 100 percent Turkish cotton.
We especially adore the neutral and incredibly versatile Stone/Natural shade as well as the Oatmeal/Olive Stripe, a muted rainbow design. As if we weren’t already in love with these towels based on looks alone, they’re also wonderfully soft to the touch.
Coyuchi Mediterranean Organic Towels
Coyuchi’s iteration of the classic Turkish towel scores high on absorption thanks to its high-low weave. Moreover, the lightweight cotton is organic and meets the Global Organic Textile Standard for a towel that’s as environmentally friendly and socially responsible as it is gorgeous.
There are five colors available, our favorite of which is the oceanic blue hue, and each is finished with a border of white fringe. To fully stock your bathroom, consider snagging the six-piece set that comes complete with two bath towels, a pair of guest towels, and two washcloths.
West Elm Organic Turkish Tassel Towels
Thanks to their neutral coloring, you can hang these towels on the hook of just about any bathroom and they’ll look right at home. Available in both black and gray shades, these towels have knotted fringe that adds a subtle boho vibe to the classic style.
Now, onto the nitty-gritty details: They're fashioned with 100 percent organic cotton, which softens with each wash without losing absorbency. Moreover, they meet the Global Organic Textile Standard, meaning the fibers were both harvested and manufactured in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Plus, being free from harmful substances, the fabric is also Oeko-Tex certified.
Crane & Canopy Yellow Dot Fouta Towels
These fouta towels, another name for Turkish towels, are bedecked with dozens of white dainty dots—a deviation from the typical striping you’d expect to see on the lightweight linens. With fluffy white fringe completing the look, they have a playful style to them that makes us want to scoop ‘em up in every color (there are also coral and blue hues available).
Of course, besides adorable aesthetics, they also boast all the benefits of Turkish cotton: They’re absorbent, quick-drying, and incredibly soft. What’s not to love?
The Loomia Deniz Bamboo Cotton Turkish Bath Towel
Bamboo cotton isn’t something you’d usually see in a Turkish towel, but if this design from The Loomia is any indication, the two should meet more often! This Turkish bath towel is 50 percent bamboo cotton and 50 percent Turkish cotton. What does that equal? A medium-weight, absorbent towel that actually gets softer with each wash. It’s also pre-washed, so it’ll arrive incredibly smooth and gentle on skin already.
As for aesthetics, these towels feature a subtle diamond weave as well as delicate gray pin-striping over an ivory base and hand-tied tassels.
The Company Store Naxos Turkish Cotton Towel
With its classic nautical styling, can’t you just envision this Turkish towel slung over the railing of a boat, blowing gently in the sea breeze? It features both bold blue and thin red striping, and it comes complete with white hand-tied tassels along the edges. Loomed with 100 percent Turkish cotton, it features a flat-woven front and terry back, making it extra absorbent and durable yet still lightweight.
If all that wasn’t enough to sell you, these Turkish towels are also produced in an eco-friendly facility in Turkey that runs completely on solar energy.
Brooklinen Hammam Towel Bundle
Who doesn’t love a good towel set? They take some of the legwork—and expense—out of stocking your linen closet. This towel bundle from Brooklinen comes with a pair of Turkish towels, each featuring smart striping and hand-tied tassels as well as a terry backing for higher absorbance and cozy comfort.
We also love that this bundle allows you to mix and match: You can choose the same color for both of your Turkish towels or two of the seven shade options that range from a versatile gray to lovely lavender.
Laguna Beach Textile Co. Rainbow Turkish Towel
Thicker than your average Turkish towel, these multipurpose towels are crafted with 400 GSM of Turkish cotton. FYI, GSM refers to the weight of a fabric: The higher it is, the denser and thicker the material. But despite the higher GSM, the Turkish cotton keeps these towels feather-light, making them suitable for travel and toting to the beach.
Featuring candy-colored striping (there are also eight other colors available), these Turkish towels are also beloved for their softness and color retention after washing. This is a purchase you can feel good about, too: The company donates a portion of profits to the Rainforest Trust and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center every year and returned products go to local animal shelters.
Smyrna Original Turkish Beach Towel
From the bath to the pool to the beach, this Turkish towel will have your back—and anywhere else that needs drying. Crafted from 100 percent organic cotton, this highly absorbent towel arrives pre-washed, meaning it’ll be super soft right out of the package.
The dainty diamond pattern is available in—wait for it—25 stunning shade options, with reviewers praising their vibrancy as well as the towel's dry time. But our favorite detail is the fact that these Turkish towels boast OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification, meaning the fabric has been tested and certified to be free from over a hundred harmful and toxic substances.