How to col­lect: Welsh blan­kets

The Pe­riod: 19th and 20th cen­turies The Source: Welsh weavers and tex­tile mills in Cardi­gan­shire The Ap­peal: Bed­cov­ers to be used as throws or sim­ply col­lected for the sheer en­joy­ment of own­er­ship

Homes and Antiques Magazine - - ANTIQUES. NOW. -

Whether wo­ven on a hand­loom in a cot­tage, or made in a mill in Ceredi­gion or Car­marthen­shire, an­tique Welsh blan­kets of­fer charm­ing striped, plaid and her­ring­bone pat­terns in all sorts of colour com­bi­na­tions. These can be muted or vi­brant, de­pend­ing on whether plant dyes are used or harsher chem­i­cal ani­line dyes. In the 19th cen­tury, blan­kets were wo­ven on a nar­row hand­loom and two widths were needed to make a whole bed­cover. These ear­lier blan­kets have a seam run­ning up the mid­dle where the two pieces of fab­ric were sewn to­gether. The nar­row looms were phased out in 1910, which means that any blan­ket with a seam is an an­tique. They are of­ten sim­ple in de­sign – undyed wool dec­o­rated with a sim­ple stripe cre­ated from a plant dye such as in­digo – and they can be bought from £125 up to £300. In the 1880s, ‘ta­pes­try bed­cov­ers’ were wo­ven at the mills – these are made of tra­di­tional dou­ble ply woollen yarn and have bold, re­versible pat­terns; around £275 would be the start­ing point. From the 1930s to 1980s, fringed and plaid woollen blan­kets were wo­ven in the mills – these are brightly coloured and cost from £65 to £135.

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