Ottoloom came about when I moved home to Mount Maunganui, New Zealand after several years working and travelling overseas. Since my earliest days, I have always had a passion for creating and designing hand made things.
While studying interior design in Sydney, I was inspired to run a business in the industry and after being introduced to the product not long after moving home, I feel in love and haven't looked back.
As the designer for Ottoloom’s products, it’s my role to work with our artisans to create patterns, colours and textures for each collection. Sustainable practices are hugely important to me and I only work with suppliers who share the same view.
My hope with Ottoloom is that I can encourage people to start thinking about the people and processes behind the products they are buying and to buy well, but buy less.
- Rebecca Burke, Ottoloom Director and Designer
What makes our products so special?
Ottoloom towels are made by weavers in Southern Turkey who have been using the same timehonoured techniques and traditional, wooden shuttle looms for centuries. Every piece we sell can be traced back to a family workshop and is guaranteed to be made with 100% (GOTS) certified organic Turkish cotton. GOTS is recognised as the world’s leading standard for textiles made from organic fibres. Aside from the environmental benefits, organic cotton is more absorbent, dries faster, remains soft, and is better at reducing moisture-induced bacteria, which means your products will never smell musty.
Most Turkish towels are produced on factory machines using inferior quality cotton or synthetic fibres. The speed and size of the machines means that the threads need to be coated in starch and wax to prevent them breaking during production. The final product will not absorb water as well and only lasts a few years when compared with Ottoloom’s which last at least 20 years.
Finally, Ottoloom’s towels are beautiful! Our elegant and unique designs mean that they’ll complement whatever style you have in your home and bring a new element of texture and warmth to your bathroom.
Who are our artisans?
We work directly with Turkey’s few remaining weaving families and our materials are sourced in the same country. Beyond these families and a few individuals, there is very little left of Turkey’s once thriving weaving industry. With the proliferation of machine-made replicates, in just 30 years, nearly all of the country’s traditional weaving villages have disappeared and many families have lost their livelihood.
Currently there are only 17 families in Turkey who use traditional looms and only three of these have the knowledge and skill needed to make our thick looped towels. As opposed to the minutes it takes to produce a factory towel, an Ottoloom towel takes three days to thread and then many more to weave.
We are proud to design and craft beautiful pieces that we know you’ll enjoy for years to come.
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