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Terry towels – fabrics that can absorb large amounts of water

Design, manufacturing, and technological features of terry towels

A terry towel is a textile product which is made with pile loops on one or both sides covering the entire ground surface or forming pile strips, pile checks, or other pile patterns (with hemming end or with firm selvedges).

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Types of bath towels

Towel typeSizeBest Uses
Bath TowelFrom 27″ x 52″ to 30″ x 58″
  • Small bathrooms
  • Kids’ bathrooms
  • Guest bathrooms
Bath SheetFrom 35″ x 60″ to 40″ x 70″
  • Master bathrooms
  • Large bathrooms
Hand TowelFrom 16″ x 28″ to 18″ x 30″
  • Any bathroom
  • Powder room
Finger Towel11″ x 18″
  • Small bathroom
  • Powder room
WashclothAbout 13″ x 13″
  • Showers and bathtubs

Classification of Terry Towels

The classification of towels can be made according to construction, dimensions, pile presence on fabric front and back surfaces, pile height formation, pile structure, finishing and weight per square meter. These classifications are shown in Table

In velour towels, pile loops on one side of the fabric are sheared in order to give a smooth velvet appearance, good drape and improve upon absorbency. A towel with appliqués is embellished with additional pieces of decorative fabric in a motif which is stitched onto the towel. Two-pick terry towels which were woven for bathrobe end-use have lost their importance today due to the instability of the loops.

Five or more pick terry towels are rarely produced because they need to be beaten for each pile twice. The most common towels woven are three pick terry towels and are universally accepted. As one-sided pile towelling has low water absorbing and visibility of more defects like bareness, irregularity etc. Towels are classified according to end use and dimensions as bath towels, hand towels, face towels, fingertip towels, kitchen towels and washcloths.

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