These towels do absorb like Egyptian Cotton, therefore I believe they are Egyptian Cotton. But the threads are extremely short, causing the towels to shed like no towel I have ever seen before. I inherited a 30+ year old Egyptian Cotton robe that has barely shed a thread. We cannot touch these towels before putting in contact lenses or shaving, or else the short threads will cause problems. One of the 4 towel's bindings is already ragged, in less than 3 months.