These twist cotton hammam towels are perfect for beach days, travelling, camping, backpacking to fit into a bag of any size! They are very handy and compact for spa, gym bags and for kids’ swimming kits! They are fabulously lightweight and amazingly absorbent towels.


They are versatile and durable fabric in bright colours interwoven with the natural colour of the cotton yarn. You can use them as a practical beach sarong, a mini blanket for extra layering, spa wrap, sofa cover.



  • Use as a beach towel without taking up your entire bag!
  • Fast drying and doesn't gather sand like other beach towels
  • 100% turkish cotton so no microfibers will escape whilst enjoying the beach life
  • Use as a picnic blanket, throw for colder evenings in the summer and whippet blanket!



  • 100% Cotton
  • 100 x 180 cm
  • made in Turkey
  • 340g



Peshtemal is a woven fabric that has evolved from the historical Turkish hammam tradition. The Turkish peshtemal towels have been traditionally woven on hand looms by local villagers in the South-West of Turkey. Now, they have moved beyond the boundaries of hammam and have become trendy bath and beach towels.

Peshtemal towels have a very distinctive stripy pattern with hand-finished tassels on the fringes which make them truly authentic. They are 100% pure cotton. Cotton and bamboo blends are also sought-after. Once folded peshtemal towels are compact to pack and carry. They are also lightweight, easy to wash and dry. With each wash, peshtemal towels will get softer and more absorbent.


Any irregularities in the patterns reflect the hand-crafted nature of the product and add to the uniqueness of your purchase.

Please be advised that due to the unique crafting process of each peshtemal, there may be slight variations in size from the stated dimensions.

Twist Cotton Hammam Towel Aqua - Cotton & Olive

  • Always read the care label before washing.

    After each wash, your peshtemal towel will get softer and more absorbent.

    It is recommended to wash your towels before you use them for the first time.

    Wash on a gentle cycle programme, max 40C.

    Please avoid using fabric conditioner.

    Tumble-drying is not recommended. If it is preferred for the sake of convenience, we only recommend low-heat tumble-drying. The best practice is to leave your peshtemal towels to air-dry on their own. It is much better for the environment as well as for your energy bills.

    Keep them away from strong, direct heat while drying.

  • I am so pleased to stock Cotton & Olive!

    The Paydas family run Cotton & Olive from their family home in Surrey. Their love of sharing their culture and Turkish heritage has inspired the brand.

    In 2012, they decided to put a modern twist on the traditional Turkish ‘peshtemal’– a cotton towel with over 600 years of history and a staple of hammam culture. Their lightweight, compact size, quick absorption and drying speed make them versatile enough for just about anything. Camping, travelling, napping – you name it.

    Cotton & Olive are on a mission to share this secret with the rest of the world!

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