History of the Towel

About Victoria London

Victoria London is a leading manufacturer and distributor of luxury towels, our towels can be found in retail establishments across the UK and Europe.

At a recent Victoria London meeting, a new member of staff was interested to know where the towel originated. Where did the towel begin and how has it transformed itself over the years. Below is a brief history of the towel – this marvellous invention!


 

Natural hot spring baths

The towel is said to have originated from Bursa in Turkey back in the 17th Century. Bursa was home to a number of natural hot spring baths which included healing ingredients such as natural sulfur and iron. The baths were popular amongst the wealthy and their popularity gradually spread across the East.

The towel then known as The Pestamel (traditional Turkish Towel) was a thin woven piece of cloth. It was large enough to wrap around the body and was both absorbent and stayed light when wet.

As the Ottomon Empire grew so did the towel and its uses, and by the 18th century this plain woven piece of cotton had grown both in size and thickness (pile). As you can understand this piece of cloth was still only really available to the wealthy, it wasn’t until the 19th Century with the introduction of the cotton trade as well as industrialisation that the towel became more accessible.

As manufacturing processes developed the cotton ‘terry-towelling’ was born and gradually became more affordable and sold in shops. Designers began to work with the weavers which resulted in wonderful elaborate designs, bringing style and sometimes elegance to this once plain woven piece of cotton.


 

We love luxury towels

The towel has come a long way since its humble beginnings and is now a necessity in western homes. Nowadays there is a towel available to suit everyone’s requirements and to match their budgets. At Victoria London we stock a great selection of luxury textiles many of which can be found in;

Health Spa’s
Sports Clubs
Hotel chains
Boutique Hotels
High-end retail stores
Independent retailers


 

Our factory in Bangladesh

As a leading manufacturer of towels and owning a factory in Bangladesh we have the infrastructure to produce towels and textiles to suit everyone’s budgets. Our sister company award winning Clearance Textiles stock affordable towels they distribute to; discount stores, independent retailers, wholesalers and market traders.


 

Luxury towels make great gifts

If you every get stuck on buying a gift for a loved one, friend or a member of family, just remember that luxury towels make great presents.

The towels has a firm place on wedding lists, children leaving home and let’s not forget that new-born baby – all of whom need that extra bit of luxury.


 

How Victoria London can help you

If you are looking for luxury textile items and would like to order in large quantities then please do get in touch with us on 01634 719984

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