Here’s something note- and snuggle-worthy that I missed during a rather quick visit (in and out in under 90 minutes!) to the New York International Gift Fair the other week: National Park Blankets from Pendleton.
Spotted over at Re-Nest , each of these natural virgin wool blankets from old school, much-loved Portland-based company Pendleton Woolen Mills honors a different national park. Apparently, Pendleton has been producing the blankets since the early 1900s.
A bit of backstory from Pendleton:
Since the early 1900s, Pendleton Woolen Mills has honored America's National Parks with a collection of distinctive park blankets. Glacier Park National Park Blanket was one of the first. Its historic markings and colors date back to the frontier trading posts. Traders would indicate the weight of the blanket offered in exchange for furs by holding up one finger for each pound. The original blankets incorporated three, four or five black stripes in the design, which indicated the value of the blanket. Colors and variations of the original striped theme have been adapted to reflect distinguishing characteristics of each park and blanket in the collection. National Park Blankets are still woven at the original Pendleton Woolen Mill in the foothills of Oregon's Blue Mountains, just as they were more than 100 years ago.
Beautiful, heirloom-quality stuff from a homegrown, family owned company that takes environmental and social responsibility seriously. For more throw blankets to cozy up with this winter (and to take along with you on a national park adventure once the weather becomes more hospitable) see my recent “Hiber-Nation” post.
Images: Pendleton Woolen Mills