John Muir, widely regarded as the founder of America’s National Parks, once said: ‘Everybody needs beauty... places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike’. Today, there are 62 US National Parks, and Pendleton’s blankets celebrate the unique place that they hold in the hearts of the American people. Their historic markings and colours date back to the days of the frontier trading posts, while reflecting the individual characteristics of each park. Each luxurious wool blanket is also dyed, woven and hand-finished in the USA. The fabric is then combed for added thickness and softness. Best of all, Pendleton pays a royalty for each blanket sold to help preserve and restore the National Parks
The history of Pendleton Woollen Mills is a tale that is woven into the history of modern America. It is a story that began over 150 years ago, with the entrepreneurial spirit of British weaver Thomas Kay.
Kay reopened the historic Pendleton Woollen Mill, which produced trade blankets for the Native American tribes of the Columbia River and the Southwest. Initially, the company emulated the multicolour striped patterns of the famous point blankets produced by the Hudson’s Bay Company. But after designer Joe Rawnsley visited the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni tribes, they pioneered the introduction of stunning Native American-inspired designs, which became coveted and much-prized heirloom pieces.
Today, Pendleton continues to set the standard for American style. With six generations of family ownership, its textiles are infused with authenticity, heritage and craftsmanship – all still proudly designed and woven in the USA.