Iconic American Pendleton Wool Blankets
Pendleton Woolen Mills offers over 300 Made in USA products in its online store. Items include clothing, throws, shams, and, of course, iconic American Pendleton wool blankets. To get started, search for “Made in USA.” Then, refine your selection by Size Type, Size, or Color.
Look for the Made in USA Label
Unlike Nordstrom (see Buying American at Nordstrom), Pendleton’s search does not let you pick a category. So, it’s likely easier to click Blankets & Throws, find a design you like, and look for the Made in USA label. Most Pendleton wool blankets (view all ) are Made in USA while cotton blankets may be, interestingly, Made in Germany. Be sure to check out the lighter-weight merino wool Plaid 5th Avenue Throw in colorful plaids (Made in USA)! NOTE: Cotton and wool blend blankets may indeed bear the “Imported” label, so be warned.
Iconic Collectible Blankets: From Native American Art to Star Wars
Pendleton offers several Made in USA wool blanket series sure to please any tastes. That is, as long as you aren’t allergic to wool! We highlight a few of those collections below. Honestly, there are too many blanket designs to include in this review. So, spend some time to find that perfect blanket to complement your decor.
- National Parks
These designs include some of the earliest Pendleton blankets traded for furs in the early 1900s. Named national park blankets include a badge at the bottom signifying the park, as shown below in the zoomed in Yellowstone National Park Blanket.
- Native American Artists
These designs feature the work of Native American artists. For example, Chippewa-Cree artist Jesse Henderson designed the Chief’s Road Crib Blanket below. His design depicts constellations in the Milky Way (the Chief’s Road, that is).
- Modern Collection
Designs may be inspired by Native American art, but others incorporate modern design elements such as patchwork or art deco.
- Star Wars Blankets
Did you think I was making this up? No, seriously, Pendleton makes the most fabulous Star Wars wool blankets you’ve ever laid eyes upon. These would be true keepsakes for the science fiction fans in your life. For original trilogy purists, you may wish to stick with the New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi blankets.
Even More American Pendleton Wool Blankets
- American Indian College Fund — purchases benefit the American Indian College Fund
- Camping Blankets — some with wipe-clean backing meant to be rolled
- Legendary Series — yearly collector’s edition featuring Native American legends and motifs
- Marvel Blankets — Avengers, Captain America, Spiderman
- Washable Wool Blankets — sustainably made and machine washable Eco-Wise blankets
A Bit of Pendleton History
According to this marvelous article, A Kaleidoscope of Color: American Indian Trade Blankets, the Pendleton Woolen Mills incorporated in 1895. By 1896, Pendleton had gotten into the Indian Trade Blanket game, producing designs meant to appeal to Native American customers via trade. However, the mill ran into trouble and had to be rescued by the Bishop family in 1909. Even so:
Oregon’s Pendleton Woolen Mills is the sole surviving producer of the trade blankets that are a fixture throughout Indian Country and the American West.
To this day, Pendleton Woolen Mills is still a family business. In 2009, Pendleton Woolen Mills celebrated “100 years of weaving America’s spirit” including their iconic American Pendleton wool blankets. See the Centennial Celebration video below.
More Made in USA for your Home & Office
Do you need furniture to match your Pendleton wool blankets? If so, check out the Home & Office category of the Made in USA List.