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Terry Cloth

What Is Terry Cloth ?

  • Terry cloth is pretty unique in terms of how it’s made. It’s a fabric that’s woven using two warp beams, comprised of the ground warp that creates the base fabric and the pile warp that creates the uncut loop piles that stand up on the base fabric.
  • This looped pile can be found at varying heights and densities depending on if you prefer a softer, more luxurious feel, or a less thick, breathable feel. Obviously, the higher the pile and denser the loops, the more absorbent it is.

     Types of terry cloth include :

  1. Terry Cloth (Towel Terry) Towel terry is easily the most common type of terry cloth on the market. Towel terry features the woven techniques mentioned above, and it feels the same on both sides of the fabric. These loops are generally on the longer side, designed for maximum absorbency.
  2. French Terry Unlike towel terry, French terry has two distinct sides — one side is smooth and flat, and the other side has the classic “looped” terry feel.
  3. Terry Velour Terry velour is similar to French terry in that one side is smooth and flat, and the other side feels similar to traditional terry cloth. Where it differs though, is that the smooth side of terry velour has a luxurious velvety look and feel, and is usually more plush than both towel terry and French terry.
Terry Cloth used for bath towels
Terry Cloth / Towel Terry 
French Terry
French Terry 
Terry Velour used in bath robes
Terry Velour



  • The name “terry” comes from the French word “tirer” which means to pull out, referring to the pile loops which were pulled out by hand to make absorbent traditional Turkish toweling. Latin “vellus”, meaning hair, has the derivation “velour”, which is the toweling with cut loops.
  • Research conducted by the Manchester Textile Institute, concluded that original terry weaving was likely the result of defective weaving occurring in Turkey, probably in Bursa City, a traditional textile centre.
  • Terry weaving construction is considered a later development in the evolution of woven fabrics.
  • Terry toweling is still known as “Turk Fabric”, “Turkish Toweling” or “Turkish Terry.”

What Makes it Stand Out ?

  • Super absorbent
  • Strong , durable
  • More stronger when wet
Texture  Soft , loop like 
Fall Drapable
Shine Dull
Sheer Opaque


Applications & Usage

  • Towel terry is used in bath towels ,bath robes lounger wear and baby products.
  • French terry cloth is often used in apparel, and can be found infused with spandex for a more athletic feel.
  • Terry velour is used for fancy bathrobes .
Apparel Yes
Home Furnishing -
Accessories Yes
Sheer Opaque


Care Instructions

  • Pretreat stains with Stain Solution or the Wash & Stain Bar. -
  • To remove odor, presoak the item for 30 minutes in hot water mixed with ¼ cup of Scented Vinegar.
  • Wash terrycloth with mild detergent on the normal cycle with hot water to achieve the deepest clean.
  • Terrycloth produces lint; wash with like colors and separately from other clothing.
  • To maintain whiteness and brightness, we recommend adding a capful of All-Purpose Bleach Alternative to each load in the wash cycle.
  • Eliminate static, prevent wrinkles, ease ironing, and keep clothing soft by adding Fabric Conditioner to every other wash.
  • Do not use for towels, as fabric conditioner and softener reduces absorbency
  • Terrycloth can withstand tumble drying with high heat. It’s the best drying cycle for terrycloth.
  • To reduce wrinkles, remove from the dryer while still damp or line dry.
  • If needed, steam to remove wrinkles. Never iron, as ironing will crush or flatten the natural pile.


Reference Links

https://blog.shannonfabrics. com/blog/2019/08/09/what- is-terry-cloth /history-and-production-of -terry-towels/

https://www.thelaundress. com/how-to/terrycloth. html


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