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10 Of The Best Blankets To Get You Through Winter

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Though most of us probably haven’t had a memorable blanket since we were kids (hello, blankies!), there’s no shortage of local designers producing vibrant, great quality home textiles. You just have to know where to look….

From artist collaborations to totally sustainable closed loop designs, we’ve pulled together a list of (mostly) local blanket makers who can deliver your bedroom a beautiful upgrade  – and keep you toasty this winter.

5th June, 2020

Melbourne-based bedlinen gurus Kip + Co always deliver on colour and texture! From jewel toned tartans, to ornate tasseled throws, these zingy blankets will add richness to any room.

Our picks:
Minty Tartan Throw – $269
Deep Lake Chenille Throw – $399

Rachel Castle’s warm, sunny prints never fail to brighten up a space. There’s a reason she’s a long-time TDF favourite! Whether it’s a two-toned blanket or a patterned woven-knit throw, her fun and bubbly designs are a tonic to cold, winter days.

Our picks:
Blue Bumble Blanket – $139
Large Petal Throw – $159

Victoria’s St Albans Textiles was established in 1951, and has remained in the same family ever since. The local heritage brand produces blankets, throws and knitted products from responsibly-sourced natural fibres in perfectly balanced, colourful palettes.

Our picks:
Hastings Throw – $275
Anglesea Throw – $325
Marigold Throw – $275

Every uimi textile is designed and manufactured in Thornbury in Melbourne’s north. Their range of merino wool and cotton blankets come in modern geometric prints or more traditional cable-stitch knitted throws. We especially love the patchwork merino Frankie blanket.

Our picks:
Honey Blanket in Shibori – $159
Frankie Blanket in Denim – $159
Trinity Blanket in Fern – $159

The wild, patterned world of Sage + Clare blankets are rivalled in comfort only by their own plush bedcovers! From crocheted geometric throws to striped knitted blankets, their lush, heavy textures are always fun and lighthearted.

Our picks:
Berrivel Tufted Blanket – $299
Peachy Metallic Throw – $269

Marc Hendrick is an Australian in America showcasing emerging and established artists via his design platform, Slowdown Studio. The Los Angeles-based brand produces statement blankets adorned with the work of artists from around the world and woven from American-grown cotton. Slowdown Studio blankets and throws can be purchased locally at Jardan!

Our picks:
Leonard Throw by Suzie Leahy – $299
Hazlewood Throw by Baby Florence-Fofana – $299
July Throw by James Daw – $299

Located just 120km outside Melbourne, Creswick Woollen Mills makes its products with natural fibres. The company produces traditional, timeless textiles with an emphasis on quality, delivering an understated and sophisticated option for blanket-buyers.

Our picks:
Alpaca Throw Rug Black – $249
Alpaca Blanket Rust – $599
Alpaca Herringbone Dark Brown – $549

Waverley Mills is Australia’s oldest operating textile mill (it was founded in 1874!) . Using locally-sourced wool, alpaca and cotton, the Tasmanian brand uses only natural and biodegradable fibres. On the sustainability side, their growing recycled blanket range offers wool blankets and throws crafted from unused and excess yarn salvaged through their manufacturing process.

Our picks:
Recycled Stripe Throw – $199
Diagonal Charcoal King Red (Whipstitch) – $599

Seljak burst onto the blanket scene in 2016 with their industry-changing closed loop design. With the choice between fringe or whipstitch hems, and from a range of muted, earthy colours, these zero-waste, totally recycled textiles feel good on your skin and are good for the earth. Each blanket is made from at least 70% recycled merino or lambswool and the remaining 30% comprises of mohair, cotton or alpaca. They even took out the Sustainability award at our inaugural Design Awards last year!

Our picks:
Dune Blanket – $329
Earth Blanket – $349
Pine Blanket – $349

Bemboka is the ultimate maker of proper grown up textiles. Their sophisticated knits are woven from bamboo, cotton, merino and Angora, and come in muted, restrained colours like charcoal and oyster. It’s hard to go past the lush rib knit or textured moss stitch…

Our picks:
Moss Stitch Cotton in Marl Dove – $449
Chain Rib Angora Throw – $424
Rib Cotton Throw in Wheat – $329

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