A mill in Amana, Iowa, puts a mod­ern spin on Colo­nial­style blan­kets.

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AMANA WOOLEN MILL AMANA, IOWA But­tery-soft, star­tlingly sturdy, and wo­ven with care from Amer­i­can-grown cot­ton or wool, Amana blan­kets are the ul­ti­mate throw­backs. They were first crafted in the Iowa River Val­ley 160 years ago, when a band of German im­mi­grants who’d set­tled there to live com­mu­nally and sus­tain­ably built a mill to pro­duce tex­tiles. Af­ter the com­mune ceased in 1932, the mill spun on— and to­day, a group of lo­cal ar­ti­sans works with descen­dants to carry on the tra­di­tion, in­cor­po­rat­ing their quiet col­ors and time­less mo­tifs. The re­sult is around 60 de­signs that look chic and mod­ern in any style of home. “The com­mu­nity’s her­itage is part of each item we make,” says Jeff Pop­pen­hagen, who runs the stu­dio. But there’s no time like the present to have your own. — Melissa Ozawa

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