In my neighborhood there is this little shop that just pulls me in nearly every time I pass it. Even when it's closed, I'm enticed to peer through the windows to see what is new. I thought I'd tell you about it.
The shop is called Banyo and it's run by some Turkish owners who love traditional textiles. They just moved to New York from Turkey. They sell basically three items: Turkish towels, blankets, and robes.
The prices are unbelievable. The towels start at $15, which is literally a steal. Other places would charge 3 or 4 times this amount for something so authentic and beautiful.
The towels are actually called "Pestemal", which is the proper name for a Turkish towel. The tag on each towel says that "Pestemal is one of the oldest pieces of garment known to man kind. Today it is used in bathrooms, beaches, spas, saunas any place refreshing and recreating water meets human body. Cotton growing in the soil of Anatolia is farmed and turned into yarn which is hand-loomed, washed, dried and turned into pestemal by able hands of master craftsmen and women. Pestemal is light and soft. It takes up very little space so it's easy to carry. Pestemals are elegant and come in exquisite designs and colors."
AND, the best part - the towels have sooo many uses in all seasons...
Scarf. (Yes, most are thin enough to use as a scarf, which is so handy in the Spring, Fall, & Winter.)
Picnic blanket. (Perfect for the park or the beach...they are so lightweight and easy to put in a bag.)
Shoulder Wrap. (I love the look of them draped on my shoulders in early Fall or Spring. And now you've seen our unkept spare room. :)
Baby blanket. (I'm convinced they're the best blankets as they are so THIN and SOFT.)
Breastfeeding Cover. (Soft, nice looking, easy to carry around.)
Extra blanket for the home. (Great to have handy for cuddling on the couch.)
Sarong. (Love them wrapped around my waist on the beach or as a skirt for walking around beach towns.)
Baby/Wedding/Birthday/Mother's Day/Housewarming Gift. (Such a unique and thoughtful gift.)
Towel. (Ideal for the home or the beach as they dry so quickly. We've been using ours as bath towels all summer.)
If you're in Brooklyn, I recommend stopping into the hole-in-the-wall shop for the full experience (Banyo on 7th Avenue at 14th Street in Park Slope. F Train to 7th Ave.) But just as of recently, you can also order these towels on-line, too!!
UPDATE: So sorry to say, the towel shop closed recently!
P.S. Oh my gosh...Danny is such a stud to me. Best part, though...he doesn't act like it. Ever. Love that about him.