Welsh Blankets

October 29th, 2011 / by Paul / 3 comments / permalink

Antique Welsh Blanket

Antique Welsh Blanket

We’ve just gotten in these antique Welsh blankets, just in time for the snow (apparently). Made in the early 20th century, these woolen blankets are actually woven bed covers, traditionally used to lay protectively on top of a quilted blanket. Because of their double ply weaving, the two sides are reverse patterns of each other, as can be seen when the corners of the rug are brought up a little bit. They’re as comfortable as they are beautiful, following a shift in early Welsh tapestries that imbued function with pleasing designs. Perfect for wrapping up through what looks like an early winter!

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Beach Blankets

June 11th, 2011 / by Paul / no comments / permalink

Beach Blanket in Fuchsia and Gold

Beach Blanket in Fuchsia and Gold

New beach blankets in from Creative Women, a Vermont based company that employs women throughout Africa in fair trade textile production and craft. This traditionally inspired Ethiopian blanket is 100% cotton and accented by broad dot stripes in combinations of fuchsia, gold, aqua and navy. Just in time for the heat!

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Moroccan Wedding Blankets

March 19th, 2011 / by Paul / 3 comments / permalink

Moroccan Wedding Blanket

Moroccan Wedding Blanket

THIS JUST IN: Antique Moroccan Wedding Blankets, or handira, have been crafted in the Berber regions of northern Africa for centuries. It is a custom for prospective brides and their female relatives to sew each sequin by hand into the blankets. They are given as gifts for the matrimonial home, and are also believed to have talismanic powers that ward off the evil eye. Here’s a small selection of the ones we have at the store now.

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