Winter is well and truly upon us, and a nice warm wool blanket is just the ticket to get you through the chilliest days of the year. At Izzy and Jean Co. we are doing our bit to keep your knees warm, sourcing some beautiful wool throws and blankets from two historic woollen mills, both family-run businesses, one in Wales and one in Minnesota, USA. Their products are woven according to the high standards of their forbears, introducing new designs and as well as reviving old classics.
Melin Tregwynt is a pretty white washed wool mill in a remote wooded valley on the Pembrokeshire coast in Wales. There has been a mill on this site since the 17th century, when local farmers would bring their fleeces to be spun into yarn and woven into fine Welsh wool blankets. Owned by the Tregwynt family since 1912, it now employs around 20 people.
We have chosen several styles from Melin Tregwynt for you to choose from, in broadstripe, multicheck and plaid designs, as well as a lovely plaid cot blanket in rose or blue. So many beautiful wool blankets, so little time!
The Faribault Mill is perched on the banks of the Cannon River in Minnesota. This historic mill was founded in 1865, the year Lincoln died and the American Civil War ended. In 2009, the mill closed after 144 years of proudly weaving American made woollen products. Two years later, the Mooty family reopened the mill. This new generation of family owners have revived the tradition and machines that had lain dormant. The mill is now back in business, re-establishing the mill's heritage and combining it with an optimistic focus on the future.
The Faribault Mill proudly produces its goods from start to finish under one roof. Their designs are often inspired by old blanket designs from the past, like this classic merino cabin blanket.
The superb Revival Stripe Blanket is also a reinvention of a classic American trade blanket. It is a truly luxurious and unique blanket, and is double woven, making it incredibly plush and warm.
Secure yourself a piece of American history with one of these beautiful Faribault Mill blankets!
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