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Rope towel ring in cotton with hemp turks head whipping and chrome fitting


Keep your bathroom ship-shape with a stylish Rope Towel holder. One of the original Stonk Knots Rope accessories, these - along with our light pulls and curtain tie backs, have been fitting the bill nicely since we began selling our knotwork back in 1994. We use the same top-of-the-range ropes as we do for our handrails; four strand hemp, cotton and Ring Spun Polyester, matched with our own exclusive design of fittings.

Rope Towel Rings

The towel ring above was made using a premium cotton rope around a solid brass fitting and decorated with a Sailor's Turks Head weave in cotton cord.

Our 4-strand unbleached cotton fibre rope has a creamy-white colour and is a hard laid, well constructed rope. Although very soft to the touch, it feels firm and will retain its circular shape.

To make a rope towel ring, the ends of the rope are carefully stitched and bound using a whipping. A decorative Turk's head knot is woven over this in a matching or contrasting colour, hemp or cotton cord to cover the join. This tightly worked weave also brings the join of the rope ends up to the same stiffness as the rest of the ring.

This configuration is the tightest circle which can be made with a 32mm rope without distortion, and produces a round rope towel holder measuring approximately 20cm (8 inches) in diameter.

Rope towel ring in POSH with turks head whipping and wrought iron round base fitting

Natural beige coloured spun polyester fibre rope was used to make this Rope towel ring, threaded to one of our locally made wrought iron satin black fittings with a round base plate.

This 4-strand POSH rope is the closest synthetic equivalent to natural hemp and is an ideal choice for the most humid of environments. POSH rope is used extensively as a non-natural premium alternative on rigging for classic yachts due to its incredibly long-lasting qualities in all weathers.

Shown below: rope towel rings in 1. Black POSH with white cotton cord Turk's head whipping and mirror finish fitting, 2. Natural hemp with hemp Turk's head whipping and wrought iron ornate base fitting, and 3. Navy with white Turk's head whipping and satin finish fitting. Standard pricing for our rope towel rings is set out below.

Rope towel ring in black with cotton cord whipping and mirror chrome fitting Rope towel ring in hemp with turks head whipping and wrought iron ornate base fitting Rope towel ring in navy with cotton cord turks head whipping and satin chrome fitting

- 24mm Rope Towel Ring -

Hemp, Navy or Black Polyester

Brass or Stainless Steel


Wrought iron


- 32mm Rope Towel Ring -

Hemp or White Cotton

Brass or Stainless Steel


Wrought iron


- 32mm Rope Towel Ring -

POSH or Black Cotton

Brass or Stainless Steel


Wrought iron


Rope Towel rail in hemp with manrope knots and wrought iron round base fittings

Rope Towel Rail

This rope towel rail was made from natural polished hemp using wrought iron fittings, and features a chunky two-ply manrope knot at each end. The Manrope knot is a type of stopper knot which is tied with the four unlaid strands of the same rope. This good looking knot provides a very secure and durable ending for a rope and was traditionally tied in to the end of a rope hand rail, or "manrope" on ships.

Rope Towel rail in hemp with Eye splices and wrought iron round base fittings

Another way to secure the ends of a rope is by tying in a Sailor's Eye splice as seen on the towel rail above. In this example, each rope end was unlaid and the strands skilfully tucked back along the lay. At the centre of the rail a decorative Turks Head whipping has been woven around the rope to neatly cover the ends.

A straight towel rail is essentially a short rope handrail and comes in a standard length of 600mm (24 inches) including knots or splice ends, although we can make to measure if you have a particular space for it.

Rope towel rails are priced in the same way as our stair ropes; for our standard size of towel rail we charge for half a metre of rope plus fittings and end knots. Prices here. With so many options available, we have included here a couple of examples of our most popular designs. If you would like to order one using different materials or are interested in a custom design, please feel free to contact us for a costing.

- 24mm Rope towel rail -


2-ply Manrope knots

Brass or Stainless Steel


Wrought iron


- 24mm Rope towel rail -

Navy Polyester

Eye Splices

Brass or Stainless Steel

£ 127

Wrought iron


- 32mm Rope towel rail -


2-ply Manrope knots

Brass or Stainless Steel


Wrought iron


Rope Towel Rings and Rails - Materials

Rope towel holders can be ordered in the natural fibres hemp and cotton (white or black), in black or navy polyester and in a premium synthetic ring spun polyester (POSH) as an alternative to hemp, or in a mid green. Synthetic fibre ropes are more waterproof than natural ropes, POSH ropes being the most durable and of all.

Fittings are available in English Brass, Stainless Steel or locally produced Wrought Iron (mild steel).

Solid brass and and marine grade stainless steel fittings used on our rope towel rails are the same robust type we provide for stair ropes and hand rails, and have been especially manufactured to our own design - made of one solid piece with four points of attachment. The stainless steel fitting is available in a mirror or satin finish.

Wrought iron brackets are made locally to order and available in both standard and bespoke finishes and/or base plates.

We source premium ropes and cordage to make our Knotted products. Hemp and cotton ropes are made from natural materials, so different coils may vary slightly in colour, thickness or texture. Hemp also has a slight hay-like odour, although it tends to disappear after a few weeks; If this might be a concern or if you would like to assess the quality of our ropes, please ask for a sample first. For more information on the types of rope we use see our Stair ropes Ropes page.

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