Towels can be made from various types of cotton, each with unique characteristics that make them suited for different uses and preferences. Here are some common types of cotton used in towel manufacturing:

  1. Egyptian Cotton: Known for its long fibers and high levels of purity, Egyptian cotton is considered one of the finest types of cotton in the world. The long fibers contribute to the high absorbency and durability of Egyptian cotton towels, making them a luxurious choice often found in high-end spas and hotels.

  2. Turkish Cotton: Turkish cotton also has long fibers, which create a towel that is plush, absorbent, and quick-drying. Towels made from Turkish cotton are known for their luxurious feel, similar to Egyptian cotton, but they tend to be lighter and dry more quickly, making them a popular choice for use as bath towels and beach towels.

  3. Pima Cotton: Pima cotton, also known as Supima cotton if it's grown in the US, is another high-quality type of cotton with long fibers. Pima cotton towels are known for their softness, strength, and durability.

  4. Organic Cotton: Organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides or other harmful chemicals. Towels made from organic cotton can be softer and safer for those with sensitive skin or allergies. However, the quality of the towel will also depend on the length of the cotton fibers.

  5. MicroCotton: MicroCotton is a trademarked brand of exceptionally soft and absorbent cotton, originally developed in India. The very fine threads are woven to create a large surface area that gives the towels an ultra-soft texture and excellent absorbency.

  6. Cotton-Polyester Blends: These towels are made from a blend of cotton and synthetic fibers. The addition of polyester can increase the strength and durability of the towels, and they often dry faster than 100% cotton towels. However, they may not feel as soft or luxurious as towels made from pure, high-quality cotton.

Remember, the type of cotton is just one factor to consider when choosing towels. Other factors, such as the GSM (grams per square meter), the ply of the yarn, and the type of weave also significantly affect the softness, absorbency, and durability of the towel.