Towel and Textile Terms and Definitions Common to our Products
Weaves and Finishes
Box Weave/Waffle Weave/Matte is a simple over-and-under type of weave of varying
tightness and yarn thickness depending on its purpose.
Momie Weave is a crepe-type weave that is as durable as it is elegant.
Terry Weave has loops for optimal absorbency; the higher the loops, the more
plush a towel feels. It is long-wearing, easy to launder and requires no ironing.
Velour is a terry towel with the loops sheared off on one side and having
a thick, plush pile.
Jacquard Weaves have a reversible design woven in unlike printed towels which
feel scratchy because of dye deposits on the surface.
Flat Weave is a generic term we use for various products that are not Terry
or of another weave.
Herringbone Weave is
a twill having the popular “zigzag” appearance
and is common in finer towels used on glassware and for similar purposes.
Gingham is a plain weave with checks, plaids or stripes.
Fabrics in The Towel Place Products
Cotton – It is one of the world’s
major textile fabrics. It has excellent absorbency, it can withstand high
temperatures, has high washability
and it dyes well.
Egyptian Cotton -
considered one of the finest types of cotton in the world. It has a long
fiber and the longer the fiber the more sturdy and durable the
fabric made from it will be. The length of the fiber makes it possible
to make the finest of yarns without sacrificing the strength of the yarn.
The reasons Egyptian cotton is superior are:
- The strength of the fiber makes fabrics more solid and more resistant to stress
- Its ability
to absorb liquids gives fabrics made of Egyptian cotton deeper, brighter
and more resistant colors
- Its softness feels
like nothing else in the world
Egyptian cotton is hand picked which guarantees the highest levels of purity.
In addition, hand picking puts no stress on the fibers - as opposed to mechanical
picking - leaving the fibers straight and intact.
All these factors have resulted in the Egyptian cotton being by far the best
cotton in the world. Fabrics made of Egyptian Cotton are softer, finer and
last longer than any other cotton in the world.
Polyester – It
is an extremely resilient fiber that is smooth, crisp and springy. It is
lightweight, strong and resistant to creasing, shrinking,
stretching, mildew and abrasion. It is readily washable and is not damaged
by sunlight or weather and it is resistant to moths. You will find it
blended into our products such as Aprons, Chef Hats and it is used as a
only (all loops are 100% cotton) in certain of our bath towels.
Fabric “Hand” - Traditionally, fabrics are evaluated subjectively
using certain criteria such as the thickness, softness, stiffness, smoothness
and fullness of the fabric. A combination of these properties is commonly referred
to as fabric hand.
Assorted Colors versus Matching Colors in Ordering - When
placing an order, you will find that most kitchen towels have “matching” dishcloths
which means that, when you select the towel color, the dishcloths will match.
In some cases, there are no matching items and we offer them in “Assorted” colors
or designs only. Please check out our Value Sets and our Rainbow Collection,
Gemstone Collection, Sierra Collection and Twill Collection Sets where all
the pieces are color coordinated.