on August 8, 2012
I never thought I would post a review about a store, most especially a store selling Turkish linens. Before my trip to Istanbul, I had read about Jennifer's Hamam and knew I had to check it out. It turns out she has two stores at Arasta Bazaar; just look for the Canadian flag. I was completely bedazzled by the array of colorful linens: pestamels, towels, robes, and every kind of bath accessory. But it was the towels that captivated me. They are the softest, plushest, hardiest, and most absorbent towels on the planet. Jennifer or one of her knowledgeable clerks will give you the back story on this dying craft which is, thankfully, slowly being revived thanks to demand for the kind of quality that comes only from lovingly handmade goods. Everything in the stores (except Jennifer, who is Canadian!) are made with Turkish materials by Turkish workers. Jennifer herself chooses and visits the artisans who make the goods. They're all eco-friendly and 100% organic, and no two are exactly the same. These towels have honestly turned me into an evangelist. While they may seem a bit pricey at first, they literally last decades and are worth more than every penny. I have had mine for two years now and I plan to order more goods online from her web site. As I've noticed from these reviews, no one has regretted any purchase made at Jennifer's Hamam.
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