Southwestern Indian Style Blanket 72x80 -Eco Fiber (tb3)
Southwestern Indian blankets emerged in the early 1900’s as fashionable decorator accessories. As women began to look to interior design, southwest decor and western designs were very popular. Some manufacturers such as Pendelton made trade blankets a household word and one manufacturer went so far as to say that women prize them more than any other single decoration in their homes. Trade blankets came to be famous and synonymous with Indian blankets as Europeans began to trade in North America. The story is quite interesting in that Native Americans were the prime inspiration for the designs and production of trade blankets as well as the main market for sales of the southwest blankets.
The ironic twist is that Native Americans did not weave the blankets that came to be known as Indian blankets. A trade blanket was made on a machine by large weaving companies for the express purpose of supplying the Indians with needed blankets. These blankets were then supplied to the frontier trading posts where the Native people would buy and trade for the blankets. Trade blankets were what the Native Americans wrapped themselves in instead of a modern coat or jacket. Because the Indians were the primary buyers and traders purchasing and using the trade blankets, people began to refer to them as Indian blankets. The blankets were well made and evolved into patterns and designs that came to be identified with Native American blankets.
All Americans began to love the lively look. The Indian blankets became sought after by people across the country being used as decorative couch or chair covers, accent pieces as well as for camping canoeing and a new pass time called motoring. The Indian trade blankets were perfect for covering ones legs exposed when riding on a wagon, sleigh or buggy, and later in the new horseless carriages. The Native Americans of the American west such as the Navajo weavers would actually trade their hand woven Navajo blankets which today are prized collector items, for the quality and warmth of the inexpensive trade blankets.
In the spirit of the trade blankets that made the old west warm and comfortable we offer these beautiful modern personal sized blankets for your use in southwest decorating, as well as cabin, lodge or ranch settings or in the special rustic or Native American room in your home. These western blankets are also great for keeping warm in outdoor sporting events, a personal cover for traveling in a car, a picnic blanket or interior decorating accent across a bed or chair. Made with recycled fibers for a clean "green" eco-friendly blanket. Acrylic, cotton and polyester fibers are shredded, cleaned, woven and then brushed to a soft smooth feel. Measures 72" x 80". Each one is unique. Photo is representative.