Turkish Bath

The Hammam: The Art of Bathing

By on July 20, 2012, in Well Being

Turkish Bath

While on her travels through Turkey, staying at the fabulous Ada Hotel, our founder, Robin Sheldon discovered the relaxing world of the hammam. Dating back to the Ottoman Empire, the hammam was really the first spa experience. Designed not only to cleanse and purify the body, it was also intended to promote inner peace, bringing about a complete sense of renewal. The hammam is still popular today in Tunisia, Turkey, Morocco and Andalusia, Spain. And, fortunately for those of us who are stateside, it’s starting to gain popularity here as well.

The traditional hammam ritual

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follows a system of steps leading to inner and outer peace: In the entrance room, there are areas for changing your clothes, as well as a section devoted to relaxing and enjoying a cup of tea or a cold drink. Hammam-e Ali Gholi Agha historic bath, Esfahan, Isfahan, IranNext, you move to the warm room, a transition area which is heated by a continuous flow of hot, dry air and then to the hot room or hararet. In this beautiful, domed room, with a 4 fountains constantly running, one reclines on a large marble surface, centrally located under the dome. Once you’ve reached your heat capacity, you move to a fountain, where you fill an antique copper bowl with cold water which you pour over your body. Then you lie down and do it again. Exfoliations and massages are available. After your treatment, your skin is hydrated with therapeutic oil and you’re taken to a cooling room where you can acclimate and drink tea. After the entire ritual, your skin is glowing and you’re left feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and completely relaxed.

Hammam RobeIn the United States, hammams are popping up from coast to coast, and several upscale spas offer a high-end experience that’s more tailored to Western tastes—for example, private treatment rooms for individuals, couples and even events, like bridal showers. If you’d like to replicate the hammam experience in the comfort of your own home, we have a few essentialTade Hammam Kit items to help you on your way, including our Hammam Robe, authentic Pain d’Alep Olive Oil soaps and our Ishtar and Hammam kits, which will help you re-create the experience at home as closely as possible. Set the exotic mood with an Ankara Pendant lantern and keep cozy with our gorgeous Adana Turkish Towels.

Shop all of our Hammam-inspired products.

  • Melanye

    The hamman robe looked just right for me! I was very excited to order it from you. I have enjoyed your catalog but never ordered before. Unfortunately, the young lady on the phone charged the wrong amount for both the items I wanted and was unable to send my confirmation e-mail with the correct price. The next sales person I tried, promised me an e- mail confirming my canceled order and that never came. When I called customer service to follow up, I encountered an attitude that indicated I was confused and annoying. My suggestion that an apology for the errors, and an effort to save me as a customer would reflect better on your company,was ignored. Instead, I was treated to a defense of her actions and the company. Clearly the customer is not right, even when the mistakes are yours.
    Hope you can fix these issues for the next new customer.
    I am very disappointed my purchase didn’t work out. Your products look lovely in the catalog, but not worth the aggravation. I’ll go back to shopping for a new robe from a company that respects the customer.
    VS has never been anything but helpful and pleasant.

  • Soft Surroundings

    Hi Barbara,

    Thank you for stopping by your blog and sharing your feedback, we love to hear this! We truly appreciate your business – thank you!

    Soft Surroundings

  • Barbara

    I always enjoy visiting your web site and using whatever I purchase here. Thanks!


  • Soft Surroundings

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Thanks for stopping by our new store in La Cantera yesterday! It sounds like you enjoyed yourself. We currently do have many gift items available on our website, you can find those here. You can also browse our blankets & throws online on our website.

    We appreciate your business – thank you!

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  • Elizabetn

    I visited your new store at La Cantera in San Antonio yesterday…lovely clothing such high quality. As the holiday season draws near I’d love to see some throws and gift items available.

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