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Trend Alert: The Return of the Patterned Wool Blanket

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Trend Alert: The Return of the Patterned Wool Blanket

January 22, 2019

Lately we’ve been pleased to note the return of an old-school staple: hardy wool blankets, the sort an English grandmother would have on every bed, back from the blanket chest. In hues of olive, rust, and black, and a variety of tartans, checks, and traditional Welsh patterns, they suit cottages and streamlined interiors alike. Take a look at a few favorite sightings.

traditional wool blankets by iconic mill melin teifil covers the beds in ffores 12
Above: Traditional wool blankets by iconic mill Melin Teifil covers the beds in FForest: A Former Farm Transformed into the Ultimate Welsh Country Retreat.
an all time favorite: melin tregwynt blankets from wales draped over banquettes 13
Above: An all-time favorite: Melin Tregwynt blankets from Wales draped over banquettes in the Ilse Crawford-designed Olde Bell Inn, an Elizabethan-era inn with a modern twist in Berkshire in the UK. See more in Steal This Look: The Olde Bell Inn Dining Room.
 a tartan blanket in a sparsely appointed bedroom in the cornish countrysi 14
Above: A tartan blanket in a sparsely appointed bedroom in the Cornish countryside; see more in A Former Vicarage Soulfully Updated by Architect Amin Taha. Photograph courtesy of The Modern House.
a scandinavian wool blanket adds pattern to a streamlined attic guest room in b 15
Above: A Scandinavian wool blanket adds pattern to a streamlined attic guest room in Brooklyn. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista; see more in Nordic Beauty: A Brooklyn Townhouse Reinvented with Style—and Restraint.
a vintage style plaid blanket in berdoulat & breakfast: a b&b in b 16
Above: A vintage-style plaid blanket in Berdoulat & Breakfast: A B&B in Bath.
a woven blanket in more rustic environs; see the welsh house: slow living  18
Above: A woven blanket in more rustic environs; see The Welsh House: Slow Living in a Traditional Cottage, Available for Rent, in Wales for more.
a wool blanket, french style: see le barn: paddock living at a rustic chic 19
Above: A wool blanket, French style: see Le Barn: Paddock Living at a Rustic-Chic Retreat Outside of Paris.
a fringed wool blanket on a canopy bed; see more in berdoulat & breakf 20
Above: A fringed wool blanket on a canopy bed; see more in Berdoulat & Breakfast: A B&B in Bath.
a wool blanket serves as makeshift slipcover in the welsh house: slow livi 22
Above: A wool blanket serves as makeshift slipcover in The Welsh House: Slow Living in a Traditional Cottage, Available for Rent, in Wales. Photograph by Will Venning for Remodelista.
stacked woolen blankets in the mudroom at fforest: a former farm transform 23
Above: Stacked woolen blankets in the mudroom at FForest: A Former Farm Transformed into the Ultimate Welsh Country Retreat.

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Frequently asked questions

What are vintage patterned wool blankets?

Vintage patterned wool blankets are blankets that were produced in the past and feature intricate patterns on a woolen fabric.

Why are vintage patterned wool blankets a trend?

Vintage patterned wool blankets have a timeless appeal and can add a cozy and warm touch to any space.

Where can I find vintage patterned wool blankets?

You can find vintage patterned wool blankets at thrift stores, garage sales, antique shops, and online marketplaces like Etsy.

How can I use vintage patterned wool blankets in my home?

You can use vintage patterned wool blankets as throws on a sofa or bed, as tablecloths or runners, or even as wall hangings.

Are vintage patterned wool blankets expensive?

The cost of vintage patterned wool blankets can vary depending on their condition, rarity, and age. Some may be affordable, while others may be expensive.

Can vintage patterned wool blankets be washed?

It's best to follow the care instructions on the blanket's label. If there is no label, hand-washing in cold water and laying flat to dry is usually safe.

What are some popular vintage wool blanket brands?

Some popular vintage wool blanket brands include Hudson Bay, Pendleton, and Faribault Woolen Mill Co.

Can vintage patterned wool blankets be used year-round?

Yes, wool blankets can be used year-round as they provide warmth in colder months and also can be used as a decorative element in warmer months.

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