I have been married three times and lived with a couple of other women that I wasn't married to (You Sinner!) and one thing all of them had in common is that they all, all of them, had a set of towels hanging from towel racks in the bathroom that were for display only and if you used them you were not taking a towel into your hands, but rather your life. Few things make a wife so angry as using the "good" towels.
Some people do the same thing in their kitchen. They have a display of dishtowels that, if someone used, they may end up wishing for the death penalty as opposed to what would really happen to them.
Well, what in the hell are they there for? They're towels! They were designed and manufactured to dry hands and bodies after showers and baths! The ones in the kitchen were made to dry dishes and/or wipe the counter, etc. If you can't use them, then why in the hell buy them? Sure some people defend the practice by saying that they're really "guest" towels, but the cold hard truth is that, if a guest really used them, the rage would only be slightly less then if they were used by a family member who "should have known better!"
OK, I get it. They're decorative. That said they have to be one of the single silliest bits of home decoration ever. Or maybe I'm wrong? You tell me.