Bath Necessity: Woven Hand Towels

by Joanna on April 22, 2013

I think it’s safe to admit that the norm is for guests to peek in the hostess’ medicine cabinet. However, what catches my nosy eye are the towels. Maybe it’s the textile designer in me, but I tend to judge a home by its towels. Step aside looped terry cloth towels with corny sayings, there’s a more sophisticated option in town: woven hand towels. Often found in a neutral color palette, woven hand towels absorb water, dry quickly, and feel soft on the skin. The Turkish towels from Coyuchi are among my favorites. Woven using the traditional khadi methods, these organic cotton towels are slightly textural, lightweight, and oh-so soft.

If airy, preppy stripes are more your speed, these hand towels from West Elm are a bold alternative. Just a bit summery, wide stripes offer the perfect canvas for monogramming. After all, it is your house!

Lastly, if you’re more of a traditionalist, these Turkish towels from Harabu House are made using traditional weaving techniques and boiled in olive oil soap. Edged in the most darling hand-knotted fringe, they make for a versatile and sumptuous addition to any bathroom.

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