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Blan­kets and throws with panache and prove­nance

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - THE CUT - Jes­sica Doyle

THERE ARE PLENTY of rea­sons to be cheer­ful now au­tumn has ar­rived, chief among them the chance to swad­dle your sofa, bed or in­deed your­self in a lux­u­ri­ous blan­ket. It ’s not just about warmth: a blan­ket or throw is the quick­est way to change the look of a room, and this sea­son there are many snug yet stylish op­tions to be had, whether you pre­fer mono­chrome or wild colour.

Ger­man com­pany Man­u­fac­tum puts a fo­cus on prove­nance: each of its prod­ucts has a story be­hind it, told in de­tail on its web­site (man­u­fac­tum.co.uk). In the blanke t de­par tment, there are om­bré de­signs wo­ven in the French Alps, dou­ble-sided jacquard knits from nor th­ern Ger­many, and Bauhausin­spired Nor­we­gian lamb­swool throws that are as colour­ful as they are soft.

Closer to home, Melin Treg­wynt (melin­treg­wynt.co.uk) weaves all its blan­kets and fab­rics at its Pem­brokeshire mill, which has been owned by the same fam­ily since 1912. This her­itage is re­vealed in de­signs in­spired by tra­di­tional Welsh blan­kets and the sur­round­ing coun­try­side.

Lon­don-based Oyuna (oyuna.com) has a de­cid­edly mod­ern take, with 3D de­signs in­cor­po­rat­ing fancy fring­ing. Its founder, Mon­go­lian de­signer Oyuna Tseren­dorj, works in wool, cot­ton and silk, but her spe­cial­ity is Mon­go­lian cash­mere, which she says has a ‘spe­cial en­ergy’ due to the beauty of the land­scape. ‘Mon­go­lia gets ex­tremely cold, which makes the goats pro­duce the finest and most durable hair,’ she adds. But those Steppe goats don’t come cheap: prices start at £349.

Yon­der’s (yon­der­liv­ing.com) vin­tage kan­tha quilts are hand-quilted from lay­ers of vin­tage sari fab­ric by craftswome­n in In­dia’s ru­ral north. ‘The tex­tiles used are se­lected for their colours and nos­tal­gic flo­ral prints,’ says founder Sophia Lep­pard. ‘They look great lay­ered over crisp white bed linen. Up close, the time and work given to each quilt is vis­i­ble in ev­ery stitch.’

Main im­age Teva throw, £419, Oyuna (oyuna.com)

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