We are Paul and Molly Babineaux and we started Loomed in 2012 after returning from a year in Istanbul. We discovered hand-woven, organic fiber textiles from five family-run workshops in southeastern Turkey, and fell in love with the beauty and story of the pieces we found. At Loomed, we connect these amazing handmade goods with discerning customers around the world, and hopefully keep this art form alive for future generations.
Our cotton is G.O.T.S. (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic. The G.O.T.S. is "the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.” We care about the environment, we care about quality, and we care about the people making our pieces. Working with G.O.T.S. certified producers helps us make excellent products in an ethical manner.
What is a "Turkish Towel?"
A hand-woven Turkish towel is a special piece of craftsmanship. The ubiquitous plush towels of today are associated with Turkey because Turkish weavers invented them, but a true hand-woven plush towel is very different from machine made towels found at any department store; in the 17th century, the women of the sultan’s harem demanded something more beautiful and luxe than the flat towels they were used to, and Turkey’s weavers created and mastered the looped, plush towel. Today, however, only one workshop weaving plush towels on traditional handlooms remains in Turkey and we are excited to bring their incredible work to you.
Flat Turkish towels, or “Pestamel”, are pretty wonderful, too. Ours are made with organic cotton so they absorb like crazy but dry quickly and pack up light. Each piece is woven on a shuttled loom, one at a time; although they look thoroughly modern, each towel is made the same way as they have been for centuries. We might update the colors and patterns, but the essential design and craft of a hand woven piece needs no help from us.