Turkish Towel. A cotton hand towel, distinguished by the surface being covered with a looped pile, produced by the same process of weaving as terry cloth. From the invention of terry cloth to the manufacture of Turkish towels was but a single step, and when the first towel was presented to Queen Victoria, she was so pleased with it, that she awarded the inventor, Samuel Holt, a medal, and the favor thus shown by royalty for the new product, was soon adopted by her loyal subjects. Why these towels should be called "Turkish" is difficult to understand, considering that the article was invented and first manufactured in England. The only explanation that will hold good is that soon after the invention was made, large quantities of the new towels were shipped to Turkey, where they were, and are still held in high estimation by the Orientals. [See Terry Cloth]