ISSUE 45  |  Scandinavian Design

Design Sleuth: Jacob Wool Blankets and Throws

November 10, 2010 4:30 PM

BY Julie Carlson

When cooler weather arrives, we find ourselves revisiting Ilse Crawford's interiors for the Olde Bell Inn, our reigning favorite wintery interiors project, with rooms that are reassuringly traditional yet modern at the same time. In the bedrooms of the Olde Bell, Crawford used throw blankets made in Scotland from the undyed wool of Jacob sheep, "an ancient heirloom breed that has graced the large estates and country homes of England for many centuries," according to the Jacob Sheep Breeders Association. Below are some sourcing ideas for Jacob sheep throws.

Above: Herringbone Jacob Wool Throw from Green Grove Weavers of Scotland; £68 at Cotton Vale (cushions are also available for £32.50) .

Above: Chevron Jacob Wool Throw; the knee rug is £27, the throw is £63, and the blanket is £81 at Things of Beauty. 

Above: Gray Jacob Wool Blanket (127 by 178 centimeters); £70.50 at Ecocentric.

Above: London shop SCP carries the Jacob Chevron Stripe Blanket (200 by 148 centimeters); made by Green Grove Weavers in Scotland; £81.99.

Above: Jacob sheep are prized for their luxuriant wool, which ranges from nearly white to nearly black.