We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Dobby Border?

Tricia Christensen
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
HomeQuestionsAnswered is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At HomeQuestionsAnswered, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A dobby border makes any plain towel fancy, and you’ll find them on towels, hand towels, some dishtowels and washcloths. On a towel, it does not actually border the towel. Instead, it is usually set in the towel about 1 or 2 inches (2.54-5.08cm) from the bottom and top of the towel. You’ll even find the occasional towel with only one dobby border, and some people prefer towels without it.

A separate weave, sometimes in geometrical patterns, which creates an inset flat portion of the towel makes the dobby border. Most often, the border is the same color as the towel, but you might find towels with this area in a different color. Alternately, the border may feature stripes, geometric designs, or patterns that give the towel a little extra decoration.

The dobby border can be differentiated from other fancy borders because of its weave. You’ll find borders in satin or ribbon that people may prefer for their softness. These are not technically dobby borders, though they may be sewn onto this space to achieve the inset look.

Frequently, you find several stripes of flat weave on a towel, representing the dobby border. This is a common variation of the single stripe. Since the design is popular, it can sometimes be challenging to find towels without it, which may prove problematic.

When the towel itself is not made of fine cotton, the dobby border can feel too rough or scratchy, especially for people with sensitive skin. This can minimize the amount of towel you can use to dry off, and the space is additionally not very absorbent. With a little searching, you can find towels without the border, or alternately, you might want to choose towels made of really soft and high-grade cotton to avoid an itchy one. Before purchasing a towel, check for scratchiness by rubbing the area on the inside of your wrist.

For better-made towels, the dobby border provides interest and a little bit of design that adds flair to your bathroom decorations. A bathroom can look terrific when decked out with towels with borders that coordinate with your bathroom colors. You can also add extra decoration to your kitchen linens by choosing kitchen towels featuring a this design.

HomeQuestionsAnswered is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a HomeQuestionsAnswered contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.
Discussion Comments
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a HomeQuestionsAnswered contributor,...
Learn more
HomeQuestionsAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

HomeQuestionsAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.