Hudson Bay Blanket Obsession
January 2, 2015
I have always liked the classic Hudson Bay blanket. The primary colors of the signature HBC Collection striped point blanket first became popular in the reign of Queen Anne (1702-1714). First commissioned by HBC in 1800, the multi stripe has never been out of production since. It is the most popular colorway of all the HBC point blankets, past or present. Over time, it has become the product most identified with HBC, and by extension, Canada. Calling it a classic is an understatement I guess!
Careful attention to detail and authenticity ensures that today’s customer is acquiring the same high-quality blanket as the one produced centuries before. Today the Point Blanket is manufactured in Yorkshire, at the finest woollen mill in England. The number of points, or handmade thin stripes, on the edge of the blanket reflects its size. Authentic HBC blankets are 100% woven wool.
I have a pair of mid-century chairs that belonged to my grandmother that I would love to recover this way. Even though the textile is wool, I think the palette would support any season and wool is so durable. Who wants to help me convince my husband this is a good look for our chairs in our tiny cottage by the sea?
In a very simple room (all white) this sheet set or duvet cover could look cute, but beware! a little bit goes a very long way. Please avoid the pillows to match, the candle and the coasters, iPhone cover and everything else this pattern is tortured into covering. I think it’s best look is just being a blanket and after that, upholstery. It looks so good on this little ottoman, doesn’t it?