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Faribault Virgin Wool Buffalo Check Blanket
60" x 50" buffalo checked blanket with 3" fringe, made from 100% newly sheared virgin wool. Woven and milled by a 140 year old company in Minnesota. Natural wool fibers wick moisture right off, so liquids and spills require no clean up. Cozy and low-maintenance. Ships free. (more info)
The manufacturer of this blanket, which has been milling wool for 140 years, selects only the finest grades of wool from around the world and in the US, with attention to the weaving and processing of each blanket that they still very much consider an art.
The cells of the wool fiber in this blanket naturally overlap, much like the shingles of a roof, creating a tightly packed surface that keeps heat in and moisture out. New Zealand lamb's wool, in particular, is known for its luster and high durability, and prized for its unique softness.
For best results, wash virgin wool by hand in cold water with a mild detergent or baby shampoo. Fill the kitchen sink with cold water, and while the tap is running add 2 tbsp. of detergent and swish the water gently to distribute the soap. Lay the garment on top of the water and allow it to drop into the soapy solution on its own. Once the item is fully submerged, let it soak for about 15 minutes. Gently swish the blanket a few times, then remove it and set it aside.
Be careful not to twist or wring the material as this can distort the fibers. Once again, fill the sink with clear water and place the item on the top allowing it to sink down. Wait five minutes, then remove the blanket. Press down on the material to gently squeeze the water out.
Place the item on a dry towel, then roll the towel into a tight cylinder to remove any excess moisture. Unroll the towel and dry flat out of the sun.
The 140 year old wool mill that manufactures these blankets wastes nothing and recycles everything as part of their business and manufacturing model. Their state of the art water processing equipment takes waste heat from their processing and pre-heats the incoming water supply through the use of heat-exchangers. This gives an estimated 93% energy re-use.
All wool is shorn from live sheep, all of which are treated humanely.
100% Virgin Wool