FAQs

We’ve answered a few of the most commonly asked questions about choosing and caring for our blankets. If you have other questions please contact us – we are always delighted to help.

 

What size are the throws? Will they fit on my bed / over my sofa?

Sofas and mattresses vary a lot in size, so we recommend you check the measurements of your chosen blanket before purchasing. However, as a guide, a standard UK double mattress (4’6”) measures 135cm wide and 190cm long. The dimensions of our blankets are clearly shown on the individual product pages.

 

Do the blanket measurements include the fringe?

Yes, the dimensions stated in the product descriptions do include the fringed edge, where shown. The fringe is usually about 10cm long.

 

Is my blanket machine washable?

In each product description you will find a 'Care Instructions' link with specific laundry information for that particular throw. They also come with a care label attached.

Pure wool blankets are machine washable on a cold cycle with no spin. We recommend that you use a mild detergent specially formulated for wool. Dry flat and do not wring. Never tumble dry as this will cause shrinkage. Blankets should be washed separately to avoid snagging.

Lambswool and Merino blankets cannot be machine washed and should be dry cleaned to ensure they always look their best.

Picnic blankets with waterproof backing can be machine washed on a cold cycle, but without any detergent. You can also re-spray the backing periodically with a waterproofing agent (the sort designed for raincoats and tents) to renew the waterproof finish.

Alpaca blend knitted blankets are dry clean only.

With love and care, your blanket will last for many years.

 

Do you ship outside of the United Kingdom?

Yes, we deliver to many countries worldwide, including Europe, USA and Australia. Please see our Delivery Page for full details of our international delivery destinations and prices.

We offer free delivery to UK mainland addresses.

 

Where are your blankets made?

We are very proud to say all our full size woven blankets and throws are made in the British Isles. We work with three fantastic woollen mills in Yorkshire, Wales and Ireland.

Our alpaca blankets are a special guest collection knitted in Italy.

 

Are your blankets made from British wool?

Not necessarily. Because of the harsh British climate, our native sheep tend to have coarse fleeces which are too itchy for making blankets. Most British wool is used in the carpet industry where coarse wool is desirable, but it is not ideal for making soft and cosy throws. So, our full-size blankets are made from blended yarns, containing premium quality wool from various countries such as New Zealand and Turkey. Our 'Eco Wool' baby blankets are made from lambswool sourced from a small group of farmers on the Banks Peninsula in New Zealand, who adhere to the environmental criteria described below.

 

What is ‘Eco Wool’?

In addition to being made from soft lambswool (the first cut of a sheep no older than six months), our baby blankets are also made from accredited Eco Wool. This means that the lambs are not treated with pesticides, so their fleece is free from chemical traces. Additionally, no chemicals are allowed in the grass they eat and they are not routinely treated with antibiotics. Finally, an independent and accredited laboratory tests and approves each consignment of wool.

 

Do you have a shop I can visit?

Not yet! However, we do regularly pop-up at markets and events throughout the year. Please join our mailing list or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to stay in the loop.

 

Other questions?

We’d love to hear from you and would be delighted to help you choose your perfect blanket. Please email contact@thebritishblanketcompany.com or call 0845 474 2747 (9.30am – 5pm Tuesday to Friday).