my new turkish towels and rack

About a month ago, I mentioned that I had found a vintage towel rack to put up in our bathroom. I've been waiting to show you the photographs until I could get the wall repaired and repainted.  We use to have a standard chrome towel bar on this wall but I found it never really fit more than two towels. It was actually a post written by Suzanne Dimma over at House and Home that reminded me of how beautiful towels can look when simply hung on hooks. They fill the wall and free you from having to fold and hang them so perfectly each time. On my last visit up to Orono, I found this simple accordion wood rack that I knew would be the perfect fodder for my towels.

It could probably do with a bit of refinishing but I like it's rustic charm. The little white details on the end of each peg are also reminiscent of the faucets in our bathroom and are probably what sold me on the piece. It's funny how something so simple can make such a big difference. I've also been trying to add more wood to our bathroom so this was an easy solution.

Of course, once you have a place to display your towels you actually need some nice towels to hang! As you might remember, I was thinking that some Turkish bath towels would be perfect. Lucky for me, my husband actually lived in Turkey for a year and still has some close friends there. One of his dear friends, bundled up six  towels and put them in the post. Aren't they lovely? They are going to be so perfect once the humidity kicks in around here as they dry much faster than normal towels.

I love these kinds of simple design fixes. While it takes a bit of patience and luck to find the right piece it's a relatively quick and inexpensive way to bring some character into a room. Even a simple row of interesting hooks whether they're minimal modern knobs or oversized vintage coat hooks could change the look and feel of bathroom wall.

turkish bath towels

I have a new towel rack in my bathroom...well, it's not new actually it's vintage. I haven't shown you any pictures yet because I still need to patch up the holes in the wall where the old chrome towel bar was. I also think I need to purchase some new towels for it. We've been hanging our old, white towels on it which we received as wedding presents about 7 years ago and I have to admit they are looking kind of tired. The edges are frayed and they're not quite as soft and white as they use to be. What I would really love to replace them with is some new Turkish bath towels. Le Souk

Do you know about Turkish bath towels or Pestamal as they are called in Turkey? They are lighter and thinner than standard towels and as a result try much faster which is an added advantage in humid weather. They also come in the most beautiful textured and striped patterns with that great fringe along the edge . The only problem is they can be exorbitantly expensive, especially on this end of the world.


Enter my husband, who briefly lived in Turkey after high school. He suggested we contact one of his Turkish friends and see if she could pop some in the mail to us. Within a few days she had sent us a Turkish website to look at and towels to choose from (see above). Yesterday, the package was sent. I can't wait to see them!  Of course, once they arrive and the wall is patched up and painted I will show you. Apparently, I'm not the only one hankering after Turkish bath towels. I just spotted them on Anna of Door Sixteen's It List over at sfgirlbybay. I'm in good company!