Dilek is our 100% cotton Turkish towel. This traditional flat-woven diamond peshtemal has been an indispensable part of the traditional and historic Turkish bathing experience for centuries. Dilek is one of our most popular peshtemal designs because it comes in an array of colours from vibrant red, orange, green, pink and purple to soft grey, ivory and oatmeal.
Woven by artisans on semi-automatic looms, each tassel is carefully twisted and knotted by hand. Peshtemals or hammam towels as they are known in Turkey, are great for the home or holidays. Dilek is super absorbent, quick drying, lightweight and easy to pack, they are perfect for travelling, the beach or the gym. The beautifully soft cotton and range of colours also makes it a perfect baby blanket or a wrap or shawl for those cold winter days. It’s even big enough to use as a throw for your sofa.
So, who is our Dilek peshtemal weaving partner?
Bekir sources our traditional diamond Dilek Turkish towels from Denizli in the Aegean region of Turkey. He is also our ‘go-to guy’ and expert on all there is to know about Turkish textiles. When we have a question or need some advice, we go to Bekir. He always knows the answer and does whatever we need doing quickly and well. He has become not only a business partner, but was also a good friend of ours when we lived in Turkey.
A creative and wise businessman, he grew up helping to run the family business and in recent years has taken over the day to day running of the business from his father. His shop is an Aladdin’s Cave full of meticulously folded and stacked Turkish towels, blankets, rugs and throws in every design and colour you could ever imagine. He is a master at tracking down new textiles for us and sending us photographs of his latest textile discovery.
His artisan weavers produce Dilek peshtemal in over 40 colours, so when we visit Bekir and begin the task of trying to choose colours for Pazaar we are like children in a sweet shop, wanting to take them all home!
100% Turkish Cotton
176cm x 100cm
Woven on semi-automatic looms
As each product is individually made, colour and size may vary slightly.
Quick drying, lightweight and compact, making it excellent for storage and travel
Suitable for indoor or outdoor use
Looking after me …
- Wash before you use for the first time
- Wash with similar colours at 30º
- Do not dry clean
Take a look at our Care Guide here for more tips and advice about looking after your Turkish Towel
We think our Dilek peshtemal are great for...
- The beach
- Bath towel
- The gym
- Picnic rug
- Caravan holidays
- Baby blanket
- Scarf, shawl and wrap
- Sofa throw
- Table runner
- Wall hanging
- Wedding, birthday or new baby arrival gift
Because our Turkish towels are hand woven you may occasionally find tiny thread pulls and knots in the fabric. This is because during the weaving process threads sometimes catch in the loom and the weavers simply snip the loop and then either push the loose threads back into the weave or knot them up. At Pazaar we think this all adds to the character and uniqueness of each of our peshtemal….no one peshtemal is the same as the other. We endeavour to check all our products before we send them out to customers, but very occasionally a little knot or pulled thread will slip by us. If this happens and you want to return or exchange your peshtemal this is absolutely fine. Please read through the Pazaar Returns Guidance here and we will be more than happy to exchange your peshtemal.