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How to Buy the BEST Wool or Cashmere Blanket

Posted on January 18 2021

How to Buy the BEST Wool or Cashmere Blanket

Choosing the perfect blanket in 3 steps:

1. Pick Your Fabric

 

Ah. The quest for the perfect blanket. If you are looking for a cashmere blanket or a cashmere throw, we suggest a cashmere blend. Ideally, a woven blend of natural fibers, chosen for durability warmth and softness, or “hand feel.”

Most of the best blends are milled at one of oldest mills in England, and are very rare. Blending cashmere and lambswool is limited to special mills, and requires a long history of milling. Look for older, established mills to find well done cashmere woven blends. Keep in mind your ideal cashmere blanket is made stronger, weightier, and warmer with a blend of the softest wool a sheep will ever give: lambswool. Lambswool is sheep baby hair! Soft as baby hair, because that is what it is - our blend is 85% lambswool and 15% cashmere. Lambswool is the first shearing of the merino lambs, only given during the first year of the sheep’s life. The cashmere blanket is made better with the lambswool weight, but remains nearly as soft. 

 

2. Pick Your Color

Heirloom blankets are investments, and should compliment whatever bedding and bedroom colors you already have. Whether choosing a cashmere throw, a King size merino blanket, a lambswool Queen, or even a real fur blanket, choose a color that works within your existing color scheme. It’s like that designer pair of pants - don’t buy them if they don’t fit. Your new, luxury blanket should be your “right now” fit, not tomorrow’s color scheme. Our colors are milled to delight for generations of blanket lovers.

Champagne is a beige/taupe hue, less pink but a great color that works in most bedrooms.

Our throws and blankets in white are more of a winter white, less cream.

Black is a rare blanket color, and so these are dyed just for JG SWITZER blankets. It is a bold statement color and adds to any black and white theme room.

Bark is a warm, eggplant brown pairing with wood or natural colors. 
Champagne
Winter White
Bark
Raven Black

Available In:

Lauren

Whitney

Now Voyager

Hollywood Ava

Available In:

Lauren 

Whitney

Henry

Eliza

Jeffrey

Emilie

Now Voyager

Available In:

Henry

Available In:

Henry 

Emilie

Now Voyager

Blanket Stitch 

 

 

3. Which blanket is the right fit?

What kind of bed do you have?

If you have a platform bed or plan to tuck your blanket, then silk mitered corners on a cashmere or merino blanket might not be needed, as they will be tucked inside and under your bed.  Look for a blanket that has the top in silk or perhaps top and bottom so you can switch out the sides.  It’s blanket insurance! If anything happens to your silk blanket topside you can switch it for the bottom side. The silk on a blanket feels wonderful nestled next to your skin.

If you plan to use as a coverlet, and drape your bedding, consider a real fur blanket or silk framed blanket. You can always finish the bed with a cashmere throw or a real fur throw. 

Platform Bed
Coverlet

Great for Platform Beds:

Lauren

Whitney

Henry

Great for Coverlets: 

Hollywood Ava

Emilie

Now Voyager

Eliza

Jeffrey

  

If you are considering a luxury blanket, cashmere blanket, or fur blanket but still not sure, ask for fabric swatches. Swatches will give you a true “hand feel” and color match. Finding the ideal cashmere blanket, merino blanket, silk blanket or fur blanket is hard to do online, but a swatch will help you make a more informed choice and most manufacturers offer swatches. At JG SWITZER you can request up to 3 swatches for our luxury throws, cashmere blend throws, or fur bedding. 

Click here to order your swatches.