Here we select the best blankets for luxuriating in whenever the temperature drops. Self-care has never looked so snuggly.
The best blankets and throws: A.P.C.
A.P.C.’s summer quilts, created by Jessica Ogden in collaboration with brand founder Jean Touitou, capture a feeling of ‘beauty in utility’ – a defining maxim of German artists Josef and Anni Albers, who inspired this collection (the name of each blanket pays ode to ‘the rich and singular universe’ of the pair). Their experimental, abstract work combined Bauhaus principles with a lifelong dedication to craft; as such, this collection – across both quilts and cushions – melds humble, homespun technique with bold geometric designs, proving a welcome addition to corners of the home requiring an injection of colour.
The best blankets and throws: Begg x Co
Scottish knitwear label Begg x Co are masters of cashmere, showing off this prowess with a new series of blankets and throws for the home (though most would look equally luxurious wrapped around your person). Woven from sustainably-sourced fibres in the label’s historic Ayr mill, expect soft geometric designs and a feeling of texture throughout – whether honeycomb weaves or tumbled and washed finishes.
Best blankets and throws: Attersee
Quality, simplicity and ease are the pillars on which Isabel Wilkinson Schor has built her new brand, Attersee. But don’t let the understated spirit lull you into thinking these pieces are easily imagined - every item is worked and reworked until it makes the cut to enter the collection. Case in point: the herringbone blanket. Woven from 100% Alpaca wool and edged with a tonal leather trim, this generously proportioned wrap - intended for the home or to be worn - is made by experts in Peru.
Best blankets and throws: Saunders
Jonathan Saunders’ recent expansion into homeware with his new line Saunders includes several exquisitely crafted blankets. Hand-knitted in Los Angeles using hand-dyed and recycled yarns, a fitting consequence of the highly-worked blankets is that they are made in limited runs. Named after his closest friends, these artful pieces will look as striking hung on a wall as draped on a bench or worn.
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Best blankets and throws: Claire Duport
Available at APOC Store, Claire Duport's blankets and wall hangings have an abstract élan. The illustrator and textile artist's colourful designs will make an ecclectic addition to any area of the home.
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Handmade in Tulu, the Brooklyn-based brand's tactile blanket is inspired by traditional Turkish carpets, complete with a worn-in feel caused by repeated wear. The fringes of the style – which are also seen across a Tulu jumper – are hand cut, before undergoing an artisanal washing process.
The best blankets and throws: Connolly
Planning on a crisp country walk? We suggest investing in British luxury label Connolly's picnic blanket holder. The sublime outdoors accoutrement, created in vegetal tanned leather with elegant contrast stitching, will carry any quilt option, but we suggest splashing out on Connolly's accompanying checkerboard Ecru Rally blanket, which features a motif that evoking the brand's motor racing heritage.
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The best blankets and throws: JW Anderson
Wishing for some wearable art? A series of woven and hand-knit limited edition blankets, designed in collaboration between JW Anderson and Kenyan-born British potter and artist Magdalene Anyango Namakhiya Odundo DBE and New York-born ceramicist and performance artist Shawanda Corbett, are available to pre-order through the British brand's website. Bold and expressive, the pieces reproduce six different artistic works, bringing a sense of curatorial comfort to the home.
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The best blankets and throws: Loewe
The stripe detail of this luxurious leather-trim Loewe blanket will stand out on any sofa. The style provides the ulimate comfort factor, constructed from wool, cashmere and silk-blend and is sure provide for hours of hibernation.
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The best blankets and throws: Norlha
Snowstorms are swirling around many parts of the globe, and for those keen to curl up against the chill, we advocate investing in a blanket by Norlha. The luxury label is the Tibetan Plateau’s first yak atelier, where it crafts yak down or ‘khullu’ – impeccably soft, durability and warm – into clothing and homeware items. This blanket has been dyed a distinctive dandelion yellow, sure to bring a shot of colour into the home.
The simplest way for conquering the A-Z of interior design? Byredo's Alphabeta blanket is crafed from the snuggliest wool and cashmere and lettered with the multi-hyphenate label's graphic stencil. A simple way for feeling even more serene? A generous spritz of a Byredo room spray.
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The best blankets and throws: Puro Hotels
Wish you were venturing to a remote hotel for the festive season? Luckily for us, PURO Hotels has the at-home enveloping answer. The Norway-born Warsaw-based hotelier has teamed up with Polish designer Maria Jeglińska-Adamczewska and fellow Norwegian Røros Tweed, on range of graphic three colour woollen blankets, in shades of raspberry and clementine. Wrap yourself up and start dreaming of room service.
The best blankets and throws: Emvya
British label Emvya’s cashmere throws and scarves are formed from wool taken from the Changra mountain goat, which is then coloured using sustainable Swiss dyes and spun on handlooms before being washed and dried under the Nepalese sun. A patterned, colourful throw can take up to three months to create. ‘We are proud to work with a small family-run business, celebrating their craft, and sharing their story and love that goes into each and every handmade piece,’ says Emvya’s founder, Olivia Halsall.
The best blankets and throws: Oyuna
As the nights draw in we're desiring cosy swathes of cashmere even more. For those in favour of organic hues, we recommend cashmere specialist Oyuna's blankets, throws and bedspreads, which will keep you warm all winter.
The best blankets and throws: Connolly
Want to warm up and feel like a winner too? Connolly's gently curving checkerboard Rally blanket places a graphic spin on the brand's motor racing heritage, which can be both layered over the knee while driving on a bitter day, or used to snuggle up on the sofa. The throw is crafted using lightweight lambswool and cashmere, making it one of the best blankets for those with a softer side.
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The best blankets and throws: Tekla
‘We’re creating pieces that are going to exist for a long time,’ says Tekla founder Charlie Hedin, of the homeware brand’s timeless bedding, towels and quilts. This weekend we’ll be wrapping in the Copenhagen-based labels latest blankets range, which have been lensed here by photographer Laura Coulson, and are imagined in a host of colourful checks and stripes. ‘We really sell feelings,’ Hedin adds. What a mood booster.
The best blankets and throws: Erdem
Iridescent rose motifs, Arts and Crafts florals, delicate Impressionistic blooms: the naturalistic prints in Erdem’s collections are a immediate mood booster. And now the brand’s fans can wrap themselves in its signature floral motif this winter, with the release of its first boom-emblazoned jacquard blanket. Crafted in Scotland, the cashmere and wool style, is the first in Erdem’s evolving homeware range, and features a tactile whip stitch detail. It'll bring any interior into full bloom.
The best blankets and throws: Acne Studios
Make the most of the snuggly combination of soft alpaca, wool and mohair and invest in this check Acne Studios blanket in an uplifting orange and fuchsia check.
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The best blankets and throws: Christopher Kane
Kane's ‘More Joy' merch line is an Instagram hit. For a hit of at-home happiness, snuggle up in this serotonin-boosting slogan style.
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The best blankets and throws: Brunello Cucinelli
Cosy up in Brunello Cucinelli's finest cashmere - the Italian brand's throws are the ultimate in laid back luxury. Staying in isn't without sophistication, and the delicate monili detailing of this design adds a dash of sparkle to downtime.
The best blankets and throws: Hermès
Set your sights on the Scottish Highlands, and virtually escape to its snow-topped peaks while snuggled in this tartan blanket.
Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.
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