In the latter half of the 19th century American woolen mills were at the peak of their production. However, by the early 21stcentury there were very few woolen mills left in operation. Today there are only a few mills left that produce goods from start to finish on site. Faribault Woolen Mill, in Minnesota is one. The factory closed in 2009 but was rescued by the CEO of Dairy Queen in 2011. We love their blankets and throws.
The “Pure and Simple” lightweight blankets are made from 100% washable wool and come in eight colors. A twin is $175.00
We also love the Cabin Wool Blanket, 60” x 50”. $275.00.
The Amana Woolen Mill, founded in 1855, is Iowa’s single remaining operating woolen mill. It makes wool and cotton blankets. We love the olive herringbone cotton blanket for $85.00.
Pendleton has expanded beyond blankets and now produce men’s and women’s clothing. The blankets and throws are still our favorite, however, the more traditional the better as far as we’re concerned. We were kept toasty warm under one in a chilly cabin in Jackson Hole recently. We love this blanket made for the Glacier National Park’s 100th anniversary. Twin is $269.00.
There are newer American companies currently making natural fiber blankets. We’ve done articles on two of them, both in Maine. Swan’s Island makes the most beautiful hand-woven wool blankets.
Brahms Mount weaves gorgeous all-cotton throws, and lambswool and linen blankets in a woolen mill in Hallowell, Maine.
Finally, there is Maine Woolens, a locally owned textile mill in Brunswick, Maine. The blankets are woven from either wool, cotton, bamboo or Alpaca. They are easy to care for because they need to be either washed or dry cleaned only once a year. They look beautiful!
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