ISSUE 50  |  White Christmas

10 Easy Pieces: Winter Wool Blankets

December 13, 2011 11:30 AM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

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 wool 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 Wool 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.

For more on wool blankets, see "Design Sleuth: Jacob Wool Blankets and Throws."