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Wool Sofa Blanket: Alpaca, Chennile, Scottish wool, Merino, Virgin, Mohair, etc?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Reevolving, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    I want a high quality blanket that could be used on the sofa while watching a movie? (very thick, heavy, etc) Something that immediately feels like a different caliber than a $5 Walmart polyester blanket. I'd like to keep this under $100, so cashmere is out. Can anyone compare or say anything about Alpaca, Scottish wool, Merino, Virgin, Mohair, etc? Is Scottish wool worth the premium over Alpaca wool? (edit) Summary of wools: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/wool-guide.html Restoration Hardware's Chenille Throw is a ripoff $80 for 30% rayon/70% poly ($5 at Walmart) http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trk...All-Categories You can get a basic cotton Chenille starting at $20 100% acrylic chenille yarn http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=che...=p3286.c0.m359 Getting into wool... Alpaca Wool throw is around $50 http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=alp...l+throw&_rdc=1 Johnston's of Elgin is about $85 100% Scottish Wool http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trk...All-Categories http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/,...w-Blanket.html Woolrich is also overpriced. The $70-$110 throws are poly/acrylic (ripoff) The $140 throws are 100% wool (overpriced) http://www.woolrich.com/woolrich/bro...FYHc4Aod5z0jfA
     
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    I have a Johnstons of Elgin that I purchased at sierratradingpost. Looks like they still have several varieties (wool and cashmere blend). Classic looks and very warm.
     
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    Any recs for a fur throw?
     
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    I have a Johnstons of Elgin that I purchased at sierratradingpost. Looks like they still have several varieties (wool and cashmere blend). Classic looks and very warm.

    No way I can justify spending $800 for a cashmere blanket

    Are those $100-$200 wool blankets soft enough to be comfortable?
     
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    Williams Sonoma Home has a cashmere throw for $200. I have one, and it is soft and warm. I recommend it.
     
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    Hudsons Bay Company wool blanket
     
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    STP usually have some of the Johnstons in stock. This would be my choice for around 60-70. If you want to step up I would go with Drake's lambswool.
     
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    Should repel semen well, I presume?
     
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    Mine is an alpaca-wool blend. Soft, cozy, extremely warm. Might check eBay -- mine didn't come from there, but I know there are some reasonable alpaca sellers.
     
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    Williams Sonoma Home has a cashmere throw for $200. I have one, and it is soft and warm. I recommend it.

    Huh, never even knew they had a home brand.
     
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    Pendleton.

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    Huh, never even knew they had a home brand.

    I believe it's the same company as Pottery Barn. Williams Sonoma is their high end brand. So, WS, Pottery Barn, West Elm has the same thing going on as Banana Republic, GAP, Old Navy.

    I think Williams Sonoma Home is well-made, nice stuff. I have a couch from them too.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I dug a little deeper. Cashmere is out. I'd like to keep this under $100. Can anyone compare or say anything about Alpaca, Scottish wool, Merino, Virgin, Mohair, etc? Is Scottish wool worth the premium over Alpaca wool? Restoration Hardware's Chenille Throw is a ripoff $80 for 30% rayon/70% poly ($5 at Walmart) http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trk...All-Categories You can get a basic acrylic Chenille starting at $20 100% acrylic chenille yarn http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=che...=p3286.c0.m359 Getting into wool... Alpaca Wool throw are around $50-$100 Some of them are poly/synth blends http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=alp...l+throw&_rdc=1 Johnston's of Elgin is about $85 100% Scottish Wool (might be a little itchy, based on reviews) http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trk...All-Categories http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/,...w-Blanket.html Woolrich is also overpriced. The $70-$110 throws are poly/acrylic (ripoff) The $140 throws are 100% wool (overpriced) http://www.woolrich.com/woolrich/bro...FYHc4Aod5z0jfA Right now, it seems Johnston's of Elgin is the best in price/performance. Or, I am leaning towards spending $100 for a 100% virgin wool throw, which might be softer.
     
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