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