10 Easy Pieces: Winter Wool Blankets
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Impart a rustic vibe to the winter bedroom with a wool blanket (there are numerous advantages to wool; it's a natural fiber that breathes in warm weather and insulates in cold, naturally regulating temperatures). Here's roundup of ten good choices. N.B.: See Bedroom: Blanket as Bedcover Roundup for more inspiration. Above: Drawing on inspiration from traditional British textile crafts, Eleanor Pritchard reinterprets the vernacular in her collection of woven woolen blankets. Hand-woven at a small traditional mill in Camarthenshire, Wales, Pritchard's Uniform Stripe Blanket in ink (60 by 70 inches) is $367 at Lekker Home. Above: Single Stripe Woolen Blankets , made at a small family-owned woolen mill especially for the Brook Farm General Store in Brooklyn, are available in natural or dark natural, with a choice of stripes; $245 for the queen size. Above: The heirloom-quality Striped Wool Blanket is made of wool sourced and woven in Canada; $348 for the queen size at Coyuchi. Above: After a dead-end search for a red wool blanket, the team at Best Made Company designed their own. The two-toned Famous Red Wool Blanket (commissioned from Pendleton Woolen Mills) is $295. Above: Woolrich's Hudson's Bay Black Wool Six-Point Queen Blanket is offered under the official license of the historic Hudson's Bay Company. It's made in England of 100 percent wool; $460 at Woolrich. Above: MacAusland's Blanket is woven in the only mill in Canada to still produce traditional blankets using 100 percent virgin wool yarn. It has a twill weave in French blue or heather gray with ecru stripes at either end, with blanket-stitched edges; £175 at Toast; also available directly from MacAusland (call for ordering information). Above: The Series No. 7 Natural 5-inch Plaid Wool Blanket is entirely made in Connecticut, from wool gathered from small sheep farms throughout the state. Only about 325 are made each year in a project developed by the Connecticut Sheep Breeders Association; $160 for the queen size through Kindred Crossings. Above: The Lumberman Blanket of 100 percent wool from Pendleton Mills in Oregon; $134 to $208, depending on size, at Pendleton. We also are fans of the blankets by Pendleton for the Ace Hotel, including the Pendleton Elk Blanket and the Ace NYC Pendleton Plaid Blanket . Above: The Broad Stripe 100 Percent Wool Blanket , hand-woven in Wales, is available in seven colors; £225 for the double/queen size at Melin Tregwynt. Above: Stealth luxury: Winter Blankets from Swans Island Blankets in Maine are made of a two-layer winter weave of wool from Penobscot Bay sheep and dyed by hand using all-natural dyes. It's shown here in gray check, and is also available in pink check, yellow check, solid indigo, and solid white; prices start at $1,050.