towels

Terry cloth towels

Towels used in the bathroom are generally of terry cloth (“Turkish toweling”), a looped cotton fabric.

In advertisements for towels, the weight of the cloth (in ounces per square yard) is sometimes used to indicate quality. A 40-oz terry cloth would be heavy.

Typical USA dimensions
Designation Dimensions
wash cloth 12″ × 12″; 13″ × 13″; 14″ × 14″
fingertip or guest towels Formerly 11″ wide, with lengths from 18″ to 21″. Recently 15″ × 22″.
hand 16″ × 28″ to 18″ × 32″
bath 25″ × 48″ to 30″ × 52″
bath sheet The least standardized towel size. Some dimensions of towels advertised as bath sheets in the 1990s include: 35″ × 60″; 35″ × 65″; 35″ × 72″ 36″ × 70″; 40″ × 72″ and 40″ × 75″.
beach towel The smallest are 30″ × 60″, mainly distinguished from a big bath towel by the increased length. The largest are 36″ × 68″ or even 40″ × 70″.
tea towel 16″ × 26″ and 18″ × 28″ are most common.

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