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Are you looking for towels that are modern, featuring bright colors or bold stripes…and that feel incredible? That’s exactly what I found on a trip to the Eastern Market in Washington, D.C. My sister and I came across the Bath Style booth, and they specialize in Turkish bath towels, or peshtemals. I could not get over their beauty. I knew I absolutely had to learn more about these hand-woven pieces and what other incredible designs are coming of Turkey. After a bit of digging, I came across some beautiful Turkish designs that range from bath towels to rugs, pillows and even ceramics. My four picks offer perfect ways to infuse culture, color and one-of-a-kind design in your home.

While Turkish bath towels can’t be found everywhere just yet, the Etsy shop Bath Style has an incredible array in stock. Peshtemals are known for their absorbency and unique styles, which are representative of different regions in the country. I think these towels are so appealing, why limit their use just to a bathroom? They would make gorgeous table cloths or throws for a casual living room.

Yastik, based in Istanbul, presents a new collection of Turkish pillows every season. “Yastik” is the Turkish word for cushions, and these cushions are absolute works of art. The colors and attention to detail in each one is breathtaking. I’d love to have an entire collection at home.

Photograph via Sultanissima

Ceramics from Turkey are also breathtaking. This photo was taken at Iznikium at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Incredible! You can also find Turkish bowls online at The Loaded Trunk.

And an exploration of Turkish design is not complete without a look at carpets. ABC Carpet & Home’s Color Reform collection features upcyled vintage carpets from Turkey. The salvaged materials are neutralized to remove their original color and then dyed in modern colorways. In jewel-colored hues like hot pink, emerald green and turquoise, these rugs offer a fabulous and one of a kind way to introduce color into your space.

If you’ve ever traveled to Turkey, I’d love to hear about how your visit influenced your appreciation for Turkish design. Or did you fall in love with textiles and ceramics from Turkey another way?

Tell me about it in the comments below.

17 Responses

  1. Kayla@HGTV says:

    I haven't been to Turkey (yet), so I've never really been immersed in their culture and gorgeous designs. I love everything in this post, but I think I've fallen for the rugs the most, especially the green or red…or purple, and maybe pink. Ugh. Can I just have all of them, please?

    • Jeanine Hays says:

      So happy you like the post! I wish I could have them all too!

    • Lis says:

      I have lived in Greece for aboutr 27 years now but after just two years here I made a Christmas trip to Istanbul and was completely hooked on all things Turkish! I lived and worked in both Istanbul and Ankara for several years before returning to Greece and during those few years collected an absolute abundance of Turkish and Turkman handicrafts and carpets. Ceramics, clothes, old handmade jackets, copper and brass – there is no end! My entire house is representitive of my love of all things Turkish. I am lucky to be living so close and have made hundreds of trips to Turkey over the years. Unfortunately, lately I see more and more junk – made up just for selling to tourists and that makes me feel so sad. One thing to mention is the wonderful amount and good quality of art that can be found in Turkey. Every Sunday, there is a huge flea market and one can find everything from great food to antiques to young artists selling their work. It is a happy place and shouldn't be missed when planning a trip to Istanbul. You really MUST go one day!

  2. HGTV_Karli says:

    I've been obsessing over the ABC Carpet and Home color-washed rugs for a while now. They are so clever. Not something I'd find at my local carpet shop.

  3. Marianne@HGTV says:

    I am obsessed with those over-dyed rugs! Makes me want to try to DIY something on a smaller scale…

  4. Stacey says:

    I lived in Turkey for 2 years and loved it! I've got rugs, pottery, linens, and copper in most every room of my home. Beautiful color everywhere!

  5. JIM OVENS says:

    MY COMMENT IS ON DESIGN STAR——-I MAY BE A AMATEUR DECORATOR EVEN THOU I HAVE DECORATED SOME HIGH END HOMES IN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA; BUT I WAS APALLED THAT MEG AND KELLY WERE NOT SENT HOME, MY GOD I WOULD HAVE FIRED MEG WHEN I WALKED INTO MY HOUSE AND FOUND THAT MESS–WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IF ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS WAS WITH YOU? WHO CAN'T DO A BOYS ROOM? i WOULD HAVE KNOCKED THAT ROOM OUT IN 10 HOURS EVEN IN LAS VEGAS WHERE RESOURCES ARE LIMITED BUT EVEN TAKING A PLANE TO LA I COULD HAVE GOT IT RIGHT–WHEN KIDS ASKED FOR 2 THINGS AND YOU DON'T DELIVER YOU ARE FIRED!!! I DIDN'T LOVE KEVIN'S ROOM BUT IT WAS A STEP ABOVE THESE 2 WANNA'BS AND I THINK HIS STAGE PRESENCE COULD BE MODIFIED—–I JUST DISN'T BELEIVE IT—EVEN THOU I AM MUCH SLOWER THAN THESE STARS I THINK I'LL DO IT MYSELF BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE THROWN MEG OFF THE PROPERTY AND IF MY KID COULDN'T GET HIS LOCKER'S SHE WOULD HAVE FOUND THE GEYHOUND BUS!!

    • BARBARA says:

      LISTENING TO WHAT PEOPLE WANT IS SO IMPORTANT. I WISH THE FAMILY WOULD HAVE ASKED MEG "" WHERE ARE THE BUNK BEDS & LOCKERS OR MAYBE PRESENTED HER WITH A HEARING AID.

      • LilMizMargi says:

        Hey Barb…….Kelly was the locker room / bunkbed culprit, not Meg. Meg was the loft culprit with all the furniture shoved into the wall and the bare remainder. IMHO, Kelly should have been booted for not delivering what the "client" (the small boy) requested. And Meg, well, it was a toss up…….at least Kevin's room had some interesting areas though I agree @ the placement of the sofa….but it was a toss up here. Even the wacky all over the place blonde did better in my opinion than Kelly & Meg. Kelly, we will not be producing your show!

  6. Barb/Home Chameleons says:

    I'm just glad Kathy left. She was totally annoying and such a know it all.
    I do agree with the comments on Kelly and Meg but I think Kevin was really over his head. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that in a living room with a fireplace and a TV, the seating should face both. I did like the picture above the mantle and Kevin got lucky that Mark found that extra plank for Kevin's mantle.
    I don't think this year's batch is as good as in previous years and I really don't think that anyone could outdo David Bromstad.
    However, I'm really glad Todd got his own show, Room Crashers, although I am tired of the "crashers" part of some of the new shows.
    I think HGTV may have overstepped with the Dallas chick; I care so little I don't even remember her name.

  7. Jennifer says:

    I agree that Meg and Kelli should have been voted off. That bed was unsafe; no mother would let their child sleep in a bed with no ladder and no side rails. I don't know whyKelli has remained in the lead with the on line voting. Meg's space was a disaster. The only two who desire their own show are Mark and Karl,

  8. Nancy says:

    Having visited in-laws in Turkey many times, I have come to appreciate the more modern Turkish home decor as well, including http://ilio.eu/, featured for a time on the MoMA site (i.e., http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/ProductDispl… . There are import restrictions and one way to get the highest quality merchandise is to take a trip. You might want to avoid buying at the large tourist markets. Find a trusted, educated resident to help teach you how to distinguish quality – if that is what you are really looking for.

  9. Alice G. Craig says:

    I agree about Cathy being sent home from Designstar. Just wish it had been sooner. Her know it all
    attitude backfired big time. In some ways, she was a knowledgeable designer, but attitude always
    counts. She couldn't get along or agree with anyone.

    Also, the guy who wrote about the bunk beds in the kids room was Kelly's, not Megan's. At first, I didn't
    like Megan either; however, her work changed. I remember exactly who did which room, so no need to
    argue with me. I have watched every episode. Even, from the beginning.

    Several people probably liked last year's winner Anthony, I didn't, & I'm sorry he was the winner. He's
    an o.k. designer but I didn't like his personality. He was like a Cathy to me.

    Alice

  10. oscargonzalez says:

    Buy American!

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