12 best wool throws and blankets to keep you cosy this winter
Snuggle up with an inviting layer of warmth and texture for your living room or bedroom
By its very nature, a pure wool throw is a luxury piece. Used for layering up, it’s an accessory you’ll be thankful for once the nights draw in.
But luxury doesn’t have to cost the earth – we’ve found a wide range of products that vary in price, meaning there’s a blanket to suit your budget.
In our roundup, we’ve discovered some contemporary weaves that come from surprisingly traditional mills, as well as those with a nod to the traditional, but with a modern twist. Look out for vibrant colours and patterns if you want yours to stand out.
Our selection varies in size, too, so think about how and where you’ll be using yours. Go large and heavyweight if you want your woollen blanket to act as a bedspread.
Movie night snuggled up on the sofa, however, requires a versatile, lightweight throw that won’t smother you.
Virtually all the blankets and throws we tested are made from 100 per cent pure wool, which means they’re naturally warm yet breathable.
To avoid shrinkage, and to keep your blanket’s shape, washing instructions must be followed to the letter. Some of our woollen throws withstood a gentle machine wash, while others were strictly dry clean only.
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James & May cobweave wool blanket in mustard yellow: £52.95, James & May
Dimensions: 150cm x 200cm
With its intricate geometric pattern – an age-old traditional Welsh design – this craft-driven blanket is awarded an inviting, bumpy texture that adds extra cosiness. Yes, it looks beautiful draped over a bed or sofa, but you’ll want to wrap yourself up in it, too. We loved its three-dimensional form, as well as its autumnal colourway in rich mustard and cream. One of the larger products we tested, this flat-weave throw is a versatile number that can be machine washed with care. Best, though is its affordable price tag that belies its exquisite craftsmanship. We were besotted with this one.
Rae Feather houndstooth lambswool throw: £130, Rae Feather
Dimensions: 140cm x 180cm
Houndstooth is universally chic. The duotone jagged pattern dates back to the 19th century – it was the sartorial choice of shepherds in the Scottish lowlands, no less. But our cultural reference is the swinging Sixties (never not cool). Here, the classic pattern is given a softer touch, not only because it’s woven in 100 per cent merino lambswool, but because the usual harsh black and white is replaced with soft charcoal grey and milky white. A beautiful and heavyweight piece you’ll want to roll up in – and you can ensure nobody else does by having it monogrammed with your initials.
Designers Guild Makrana fuchsia throw: £125, Designers Guild
Dimensions: 130cm x 190cm
This merino blend throw is lightweight and super soft to the touch, with a beautiful clash of fuchsia and burnt orange against its neutral shades of grey. It’s an arresting colourway that offers a contemporary twist to the traditional. What makes this one really stand out is its intricate basket weave – boxy geometrics intermix with bold bands of colour to create one eye-catching blanket. Strong on design, delicate in makeup, we loved this luxurious throw against our crisp white bedding.
Soho Home Marina throw: From £185, Soho Home
Dimensions: 140cm x 180cm; 240cm x 300cm
Bold and beautiful, this reversible knitted throw offers big impact with its oversized fluffy tassels that hang pom-pom-like from the outer edges. The blanket comes in two sizes, with the larger boasting a whopping 300cm in width – exactly the kind of unapologetic abundance we’ve come to expect from luxury brand Soho Home. We loved that you can reverse the stripes: black on white or white on black. And, made from the softest merino wool, it’s a delight to dive into.
Johnstons of Elgin colour block extra-fine merino wool throw: £225, Johnstons of Elgin
Dimensions: 140cm x 190cm
The first thing we noticed about this fine throw was its feathery fringing. Beautifully crafted, the blanket boasts two block stripes of colour – navy and camel – juxtaposed with an intricate geometric pattern in a lighter blue and cream. At £225, it’s our most expensive pick of the bunch, but woven from 100 per cent extra-fine merino wool, its high-end quality is immediate. Snuggle up in this one and the luxury is tangible: delicate and lightweight, but wonderfully soft and warm.
Raft lambswool herringbone throw: £78, Raft
Dimensions: 140cm x 185cm
Light grey goes with everything, which is why this super supple blanket – crafted from pure merino wool – will add a touch of cosy luxury to any interior scheme: it’s one that works just as well in the bedroom as in the living room, with its calming, neutral colourway – drape it over a leather Chesterfield, or the foot of a double bed for full impact. Grey and cream lambswool is woven into an attractive herringbone design, giving a subtle zigzag effect, while its fringed edge and long cream tassels award it a softness in look as well as feel.
Glencroft 100% wool weave up plain travel rug: £54.95, Glencroft
Dimensions: 140cm x 168cm
If you’re after a durable blanket you can take with you, this black and white number, authentically crafted in a Yorkshire woollen mill, won’t disappoint. The phrase “weave up” refers to the traditional process of using up spare and redundant yarn, but don’t let that put you off. What it lacks in fine materials it more than makes up for in heavyweight cosiness – and affordability. Its eye-catching pattern of symmetrical mirrored zigzags awards it a contemporary edge. Drape it over your corner sofa and cuddle up.
Loom & Last Cassia throw: £130, Loom & Last
Dimensions: 140cm x 180cm
This contemporary throw arrived in its own cotton drawstring bag, awarding it immediate points on presentation – and, in this case, you can judge a product by its packaging. Inside, we found a beautifully soft but heavyweight blanket, crafted from 100 per cent lambswool, in a trio of complementary block colours from oatmeal to duck egg blue to the softest grey. On close inspection, we found a delicate herringbone weave giving this one its subtle, fine woven texture. Add to that long, cream fringing and you have the ultimate in cosy modern luxury.
Foxford leaf green 100% lambswool throw: £71.99, Made to Last
Dimensions: 140cm x 180cm
Sometimes going for plain colours and no pattern is a sophisticated option – especially if you’re layering your wool blanket on top of heavily patterned upholstery or bedding. This block-colour throw, woven in Foxford, County Mayo, offers a daring dash of mossy green that successfully brings the outside in on colder days. The soft, felt-like throw is crafted from pure lambswool and boasts a subtle mottled effect – there are yellows and browns in the weave, too, adding a visual texture. A classic that’s striking in its simplicity.
Laura Ashley Harper check dusky rose throw: £48.60, Laura Ashley
Dimensions: 140cm x 180cm
A modern take on the traditional check, this 100 per cent wool throw in subtle shades of blush and grey sits pretty midway between classic and contemporary styles. It’s a heavy and durable blanket that’s perfect for snuggling up fireside. And it’s expertly crafted: interlocking checks and squares go from rich maroon to the lightest grey, offering a dynamic texture to the weave. Layer up your bedding on chilly nights and you’ll sleep like a log under this inviting woolly. Granny chic, yet pretty in pink – a classic with a contemporary twist.
La Redoute Romu checked pure wool blanket: From £99, La Redoute
Dimensions: 180cm x 220cm; 220cm x 240cm; 240cm x 260cm
Another luxurious product that takes its design cue from the traditional checked blankets of yesteryear, this seriously soft throw is made from 100 per cent French wool and comes in three sizes for versatility – go large and you can drape it over your super king bed comfortably. We loved its gentle interplay of greys and cream – a warming colourway that’s perfect for chilly autumn evenings. But this is warming in more ways than one. We’ve found our perfect throw for cuddling up to watch a movie in.
The Lounging Hound pure wool throw in carmine red: £180, The Lounging Hound
Dimensions: 180cm x 220cm
We couldn’t leave our four-legged friends out in a roundup of wool blankets. After all, they’re true connoisseurs when it comes to lazing around on them. A site for seriously pampered pooches, the Lounging Hound offers a range of luxury wool blankets and throws specifically designed for our canine companions. Crafted from durable Broadcloth wool in one of Yorkshire’s oldest mills, this water-resistant throw boasts 220cm in width meaning you can protect your upholstery from doggy hairs while keeping the look sophisticated in a rich, wine-like red.
The verdict: wool blankets and throws
James & May’s cobweave wool blanket made a beautiful addition to our living room with its intricate and dynamic weave, and its cosy autumnal colourway of mustard and cream. This one successfully mixes traditional craftsmanship with a contemporary aesthetic, awarding it extra points for versatility. And its affordable price point is pleasing, too. We also loved Rae Feather’s houndstooth lambswool throw for its fashion-forward patterning with a softer touch.
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