In 1850, Henry Christy returned to England from Constantinople with a sample of looped pile fabric, which was new to the Western World. His brother, Richard Christy analysed how to mechincally reproduce the loop pole and patented a machine to produce a machine to produce terry towelling on a large scale.
The first terry towel was in production and in 1851 this was shown at the Great Exhibition. Her Majesty, Queen Victoria was presented with a set of these, she immediately ordered more and from then on, demand for towels was high. Christy still holds the letter received from the royal household ordering “six dozen” for the queen