If I'm looking for hand towels that are attractive and a little of the unexpected I always visit Anthropologie. I love their selection of dish towels. Have you seen them? I have purchased many, but I never use them in the kitchen...I prefer them in the half-bath. They have so many great designs and many do not have a kitchen motif on them so they can be used anywhere. Here's one of my newer ones.
Check out their website to see the amazing selection http://www.anthropologie.com/.
These also make a nice hostess gift! Happy Monday!