What does terry really mean?
Terry or French terry, that is the question. Or is it all in the end just the same thing? No, is the answer, because quite simply terry is a three yarn weave with loops and French terry is a two yarn weave with an effect yarn. And the fluffy towels, which we use to dry ourselves every morning, are made from terry.
Until about 150 years ago terry weaving was still unknown to Europeans. This technique first emerged in the Middle East, from where the art of loop-weaving found its way into Europe via England, France into Germany. Terry has been popular ever since, it being practical und easy to care for.
There are three differing base products:
Standard woven terry has a soft and voluminous feel. The volume and softness are due to its lose loop-weaving and the use of soft yarns. One of its main advantages is its excellent absorbency.
Twisted yarn woven terry has a more solid feel to it. Loops of twisted yarn lead to its massaging effect on skin.
Velours woven terry the yarn loops have been cut to obtain its silky peach-like texture. It is one of the precious terry products.
Terry towelling product care?
Generally speaking, terry towelling is a simple and easy to care for product. You can trust our extensive experience and simply follow our care instructions to enjoy the long-lasting quality of frottana products.
First of all it is important that you wash every terry product before you first use it. This is to shed any excess colour and to allow the fibres on the surface to shrink a bit which results in less pulled threads.
White towelling will retain its brilliant white colour if being washed with a regular non-bio detergent at 60 degrees C.
To avoid shedding further lint coloured terry should be washed at 60 degrees C right from the start with a mild detergent for delicates without brighteners.
Fill the washing drum according to the manufacturer´s instructions to avoid excessive appearance of fluff. Low loads as well as high loads tend to increase friction between garments. This applies to bath mats as well.
Do not leave damp towels in a pile for a prolonged period of time. Avoid drying terry on a hot radiator, as it will turn brittle and hard after some time.
Avoid further pulling of loops in the pile by simply cutting the already pulled loops as short as possible.
If using fabric softener, apply small amounts only to ensure continued absorbency.
To maintain the softness of terry products they are best dried in a tumble dryer.
For further detailed information we recommend that you have a look at the woven care label of your chosen product.