It can be hard to find new-old-stock vintage towels, and if they are not “new”, well, that can be kind of grody. Until recently, most bath towels available in today’s stores were solid colors. But I’ve definitely noticed a trend toward towels with vintage designs. Yay! This is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to push the retro envelope. Above: Anthropologie offers this style reminiscent of vintage Cannon bath towels– which I will dub “sculpted plush jacquard” style. There probably is a *real* term for this style of towel, though: Help welcomed.
Fresno towels from Anthropologie. I’d call these bohemian 60s or clashy 70s – is that close, do you think? Am I imagining that we used to have towels like this? Click here to see the bath towels at Anthropologie.
Avocado and harvest gold for your bathroom, anyone? I’m pretty sure my Grandma Aggie had some towels that looked like this in her and grandpa’s 1960s retirement tract house in Oceanside, California. These towels are from Pottery Barn, and there is a shower curtain, so you can go matchy-matchy. The design is called Palampore – from an ancient technique in India. I don’t think Grandma’s had that kind of pedigree. Palampore towels and shower curtain from Pottery Barn.
There is a little sculpted plush jacquard action going on down at the Kmart, too. The quality *might* not be as good as the premium brands above, but for sure the price is far less. Sculpted Country Living towels from Kmart.
I also recall a reader report of sculpted-plush-jacquard style towels at Target. I don’t see them online, and my Target is a dinky version. Anyone know for sure? If so, can you snap some pics for us if you see them?
To be sure, if I found these, there are likely more, or more to come. This industry runs in packs, I think — and now, they are running in ours. Buwuahauahau (evil laugh of glee.)