The towels are very attractive but that is about all they have going for them. If you want a pretty towel to hang in your bathroom for decorative purposes, this is it. I was disappointed that they are not at all absorbent. I did wash them before using them and the beautiful fringe immediately became unraveled and knotted. These are more suited to take to the beach as opposed to using as a bath towel.
While these are attractive and might serve as a beach throw, they are useless as bath towels. More like a scarf than a towel. They are woven in a light, flimsy matter, the stripe pattern is bright on only one side. An authentic fouta towel should have the pattern equal on both sides and be tight and absorbant and hold up to normal use.