What is Terry Cloth & Terry Towel?

Almost everyone uses this super-popular type of fabric, and many individuals use terry cloth on a regular basis without even knowing its name. Usually, terry cloth is available in a vast range of weights and materials and one type can look dramatically different from another. Now let’s get to the ‘what is terry cloth?’ question in detail.

Terry cloth is quite a unique fabric made of two warp beams: the ground warp, which produces the base fabric; and the pile warp, which produces the uncut loop piles that stand up on the base fabric. The pile warp expands the surface area of terry cloth, making it incredibly durable, absorbent, and soft to the touch. This looped pile can be found at varying heights and densities counting on if you prefer a plush, more luxurious feel of towels, or a less thick, breathable feel. It is like, the higher the pile and denser the loops, the more absorbent it is.

What is a Terry Towel?

The most popular variety of terry cloth available in the market is unquestionably towel terry. It’s what you grab right out of the shower, and it’s used for anything from baby products to loungewear and more. It has the woven patterns that are mentioned above and both sides of the fabric have the same texture. These loops are often longer and made for maximum absorbency and comfort.

  1. French Terry 

Unlike towel terry, French terry has two distinct sides. One is smooth and flat, while the other has the classic “looped” terry feel. French terry cloth is frequently used in clothing and can be found infused with spandex for a more athletic feel.

  1. Terry Velour 

Similar to French terry, terry velour has a smooth, flat side and a more traditional terry-like feel on the other. The smooth side of terry velour is different from towel terry and French terry because it has a plusher feel and a beautiful velvety appearance.

What is a Terry Cloth Towel or Bath Towels? 

No one appreciates bath towels until they step out of their shower and forget to take one, drip drying themselves, then needing one badly to wrap themselves up or dry their hair.

Many people don’t know that bath towels are made of terrycloth, recognized by their small loops which are made from cotton. The water can easily be absorbed with the help of those loops and leaves you dry, no matter if it’s your body or the bathroom floor. What’s more interesting is if you hang up your towel after using it, it dries up itself and is ready to be used for the next time.

However, there are many reasons that you should consider before buying bath towels.


Checking your bath towel’s fiber content is important because different fibers have variable durability, softness, absorbency, and color-fastness characteristics. Cotton towels are more common because of their softness and capacity for absorption. Even cotton itself comes in a wide range, including Pima Cotton, Turkish Cotton, Egyptian Cotton, and Organic Cotton. Moreover, there are more eco-friendly options, towels that are made from bamboo and microfiber.

  1. WEIGHT 

Towel weight is expressed in GSM. Lower the GSM, and lower the weight of the towel. While some of you may prefer lighter towels, others may prefer thicker ones. However, lighter towels are more useful.


The heavier ones will take longer to dry out but will be more absorbent. Also, keep in mind that Pima or Egyptian cotton towels are more absorbent.

  1. COLOR 

Look at the color to see if they will fade or not. Unfortunately, there is no method to determine this. You only can read reviews of the other users of that towel.

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