They are not absorbent and could look shabby depending on how your bathroom is styled. If you like to dry off quick... these are not your towels.
I purchased the natural color Spa Towels and the color is well represented in the pictures. The fringe on the edge is a nice touch that takes the towel from plain to stylish. They are pretty absorbent as well which was a positive because these towels are pretty thin. Looking back I probably would have bought the bath sheets for a more coverage. My biggest issue with these towels is that they shed so bad. I've washed them twice and it has not helped. After every shower there are little pieces of fuzz all over me. If you are thinking of purchasing, use for display or hand drying, but would not recommend for daily shower use!
I would not recommend these towels. They're on the thin side for the cost and they have continued shedding even after washing. Overall, these are too expensive for the so-so quality.
The first time I washed these towels, my dryer actually auto shut off because the lint filter got so clogged. It looked like a furry animal had exploded inside the machine. I figured it was just the first wash. Then every time I used the towels, there was lint flying everywhere in my bathroom. It looked like it was snowing. I have now washed them 3 times and been using them for 3 weeks and each time the towel just sheds more and more lint and gets thinner and thinner. I am a huge fan of Parachute bedding and was excited to get these towels, but I am confused how there are any 5 star reviews for these.
Wanted to love them. Not soft like the classic towels. I sent them back.