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Blanket Statements: Wintery Throws by Traditional Scottish Weavers Begg & Co.

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Blanket Statements: Wintery Throws by Traditional Scottish Weavers Begg & Co.

January 21, 2019

January seems like a good month to replenish our stores of warm blankets and throws. Currently on the wish list: Begg & Co.’s sumptuous throws.

Begg & Co. has been in the weaving business for more than 150 years. The Scottish company started out in the town of Paisley, where it became famous for its paisley-patterned shawls. Around the turn of the 20th century, Begg & Co. moved to the southwest coast of Scotland, to Ayr, where it remains today, producing shawls, blankets, pillows, and more, all woven from natural materials like cashmere, angora, and lambswool.

The mill still relies on age-old weaving techniques. From its website: “Cloth is still pummeled for a softer handfeel using the same wooden device created by Begg employees around 70 years ago, and the characteristic ripple effect seen on some items occurs after gentle brushing with specially cultivated Italian teasel plant heads, which are dampened with mineral-rich Scottish water.”

Begg & Co. ships free worldwide. Here, a few blankets we’re especially fond of:

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Above: Many of Begg & Co.’s designs are inspired by the area’s lochs, mountains, and beaches. The Junction Lambswool Cashmere Throw in Toffee is £495.
Above: Begg & Co. regularly visits farms in Mongolia and China to ensure its fibers are ethically sourced. The Abstract Lambswool Angora Throw, shown in Klein Blue (left) and Ochre, is £495.
The Arran Borderland Cashmere Throw is made of 0 percent cashmere; £930.
Above: The Arran Borderland Cashmere Throw is made of 100 percent cashmere; £930.
Above: The Blue Green Lambswool Angora Throw and the Red Pink Lambswool Angora Throw are the colorful results of a collaboration with British artist Michael Wall, known for his abstract paintings; £650 each.
The lightweight Voyage Washed Cashmere Travel Blanket, shown in Marine, can be used as both a shawl or a blanket; £490.
Above: The lightweight Voyage Washed Cashmere Travel Blanket, shown in Marine, can be used as both a shawl or a blanket; £490.

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