Regardless of the temperature outside, it’s always good to have a few blankets lying around for impromptu cozy coffee breaks. Plus, blankets make an easy upgrade for any room by adding texture and color.
For years, blankets from Pendleton Woolen Mills have been the go-to for casual homemakers and interior decorators alike, because these are everything a blanket should be: cozy, warm, tasteful and versatile. Based on Native American patterns and traditions, these wool blankets can be thrown in any room, on any couch or on any bed, and they always add chic, rustic warmth. In fact, the company has been keeping people comfy for over 100 years.
Everyone wants a blanket from Pendleton Woolen Mills. There’s one problem, however, that will often get in the way: price. As beautiful and comfy as these blankets are, spending $300 on a throw is sometimes impossible. Thankfully, there are a handful of alternatives with a similar rustic feel that can be had for much less. Below are eight of the best.
1. Wooded River Tombstone II Throw
Featuring bold colors like many of the Pendleton blankets, the Wooded River Tombstone II Throw can add warmth and color to any room. It’s made from a wool, polyester and acrylic blend, meaning its machine washable. This feature sets it apart from many of the pure wool options on this list, and makes the blanket is a breeze to clean. Plus, this design is also available in throw pillows and a coverlet.
2. Winthome Wool Blanket Throw
Made from 50% wool and 50% acrylic, the Winthome Wool Blanket Throw offers a blend of comfort, durability and style. The striped design in cool colors makes this blanket a great addition to modern living rooms, yet the warmth to weight ratio also makes this an ideal camping or backpacking companion. And, at under $40, this machine-washable blanket is a steal.
3. Hudson’s Bay Polar Fleece Throw
Many Pendleton Blankets in the National Parks Line feature bold colors and stripes. The Hudson’s Bay takes a page out of the Pendleton design book with their Polar Fleece Throw. While not a wool blanket, this off-white throw sports four stripes at either end in vibrant black, green, red and yellow. Plus, the 100% polyester blanket comes with an attached carrying strap and weights only 1.6 pounds.
4. Faribault Wool Throw Blanket
This Faribault throw blanket costs $50, which is a steal considering it’s 100% pure lambswool. Plus, like the Pendleton, it’s made right here in the USA at Faribaults historic mill in Minnesota. This particular design is inspired by one the company produced 150 years ago, giving it a historic elegance visitors are sure to appreciate.
5. SouthernGilt Vintage Golden Dawn Wool Blanket
If you want a quality wool blanket that’s guaranteed to last a lifetime, you should consider investing in a vintage throw. These blankets have already stood the test of time, so you know they will outlast anything else in your living room. In particular, this SouthernGilt Vintage Golden Dawn Wool Blanket reminds us of the striped National Park Pendleton Blankets with its blue, red and yellow stripes. The heavy weight wool will keep you warm through many a winter evening.
6. QISU Alpaca Wool Blanket Throw
The QISU Alpaca Wool Blanket Throw is hand-crafted from alpaca wool by talented Ecuadorian artisans. The soft wool is complimented by a bold design that can add a slight bit of color to mono-tone interiors. In Quechua, Qisu means “beauty is appreciated,” which describes the company’s ethos and this blanket wonderfully. Do note that because this piece is handmade, the design, color and size might vary slightly. For those that are allergic to lanolin found in sheep’s wool, this is a great alternative.
7. Biddy Murphy Tartan Plaid Throw Blanket
The Native Americans weren’t the only ones to use wool in their traditions. The Irish favor the material as well. In fact, this Biddy Murphy Tartan Plaid Throw Blanket was woven in Ireland and was designed with traditional patterns in mind. And, the company has been making such blankets since 1893. In addition, the wool used in this blanket is especially soft on the skin and hypoallergenic.
8. Melange Home Woodland Blanket
While the Melange Home Woodland Blanket won’t save you much money versus purchasing a Pendleton Blanket, it will offer the same quality in a more muted design, which may be preferable to some. This dry-clean-only blanket is made from woven dyed yarn in designs that are reminiscent of those used in early American times. These blankets will last a lifetime and beyond.