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Echt Turkish Tallit / Tunis


Product Description

Sometimes referred to as the Echt Turkish Tallit (“genuine Turkish tallit”) or Tunisian Tallit, this is the heaviest black-on-white wool tallit available. No atara. Features the traditional Turkish thick black band and double-knotted side fringes, which lend added flare. Made in Israel.
Owing to the dense fabric, this tallit lasts for years and therefore includes added features to make sure it retains its look over time.

» Double-knotted fringes
» Half-lining
» Sidebands

Note: If you would like to have a different atara sewn on, go to our Atara page and add an atara to your cart.


The History of the Turkish Tallit

The Turkish tallit was originally made in Tunisia, but since Tunisia was part of the Ottoman Empire until 1881, tallits made there were referred to as “Turkish.”

This talit became popular because one of the Turkish sultans had banned flax plants, effectively making Tunisia a linen-free zone. Since wool products from Tunisia were known to be free of linen, there was no need to be concerned that one’s wool tallit contained shatnez.

These Turkish tallits became a sought-after commodity in various Jewish communities, particularly in Chassidic circles.

In 2008 it was found that Turkish tallits could no longer be safely assumed to be free of linen and therefore require rabbinic supervision like other tallits.

Echt Turkish vs. Kmo Turkish

Today two types of Turkish tallits are available. The Echt Turkish Tallit (“genuine Turkish prayer shawl”) is made from Tunisian wool, whose dense weave makes it the heaviest traditional wool tallit found. The Kmo Tallit (“faux”) employs the same design, pattern and features as authentic Turkish tallits, but uses a somewhat lighter weave of wool.

Both the Echt and the Kmo often feature unique double-knotted fringes along the edges. They are sometimes sold without an atara, because many Chassidim who opt for the Turkish or Kmo tallit have a special, ornate atara sewn on.

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  1. Beautiful Tallit! Fast! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Jul 2018

    I was very impressed with this tallit. It is beautiful and the weave is superb. I have to say, that was the fastest shipping from Israel I have EVER experienced. It left the 15th and was delivered on the 18th. I will be doing business with Ben's Tallit Shop again for myself, friends, and family. Thanks, Ben!

  2. magnifique tallit 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jun 2018

    Apres de nombreuses discussions avec le vendeur, je ne regrette pas l'achat de ce tallit qui est d'excellente facture.
    On sent que c'est de la qualité
    par contre ceux qui ne supportent pas un peu de poids sur les epaules, passer votre chemin!
    L'atara est amovible et fixée avec des boutons pression plastic
    a voir a l'usage.
    Un tres bel achat.

  3. great 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Jan 2018

    The talit is great

  4. Possibly the world’s greatest Tallit 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Oct 2017

    This Tallit is amazing and I really like it I also got another Tallit a while back that one is awesome too and I am quite happy with the Tallitot that I own and I am definitely going to use this site for any thing I may need. (Replacements and/or gifts to friends). I was surprised that Ben sold to me with my first order but I am grateful, the closest Judaica store that sells the Tallit katan is a Chabad store in Houston. If I could rate this 1,000,000,000 stars if I could!

  5. very happy 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Jan 2017

    What I wanted in the beginning was the Hamefoar Prestige tallit based on the look, but I wanted the weight of the Echt Turkish, but with single fringes and a Traditional Atara. In the end I decided for the Echt Turkish because i want to feel the weight of the commandments and G-ds will when I pray. The Echt Turkish tallit is beautiful. It is nice and heavy, stays on and doesn't slip and the Traditional Atara is fantastic. I cried when I held the tallit in front of me for the blessing, this was probably more spiritual in nature, but i am so grateful for this very beautiful tallit to clothe me in prayer. When first inspecting the tallit there were some stitching threads that i had to trim, but everything else was great. Very minimal adjustments needed when being worn, once its on it stays on, depending on how actively you daven. I am 6 feet tall and got the 70 size, if i could i would get the 80 because I am a bigger man. I also got the thick Ptil Tekhelet which I am very happy with too. Overall I am very impressed and will continue to shop at Ben's Tallit Shop for my Judaic needs. Thank you

  6. Great product and great experience 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Jul 2016

    Beautifully made and gorgeous looking tallit. Ben provides great advice, asks the important questions and assures a total quality experience.

  7. Quality Item 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Nov 2015

    This is a beautifully made tallis and is a great hiddur mitsvah to use it....certainly feels like it is "there," which is a wonderful aid to my kavanah. Thank you also, Ben, for your excellent personalised service!

  8. Real Craftsmanship 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Jun 2014

    The Echt Tallit you sent is not just a quality product, it´s real craftmanship, and it feels great when I wear it.

    Me and my family are the only Jews in the place where I live, so I wear it just in my home. For me is not to show it, but to fulfill the mitzvah with kavanah, and this tallit helps me in that.

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