It has been a rather chilly winter this year, and it seems like the cold will stay with us for a little while longer. We’ve all looked for ways to insulate our homes better or turn up the heating a little bit, but even then the need of snuggling up under something soft and cozy does not disappear!
Throws may be thick and thin, have a distinctive texture or be plain, and have so many uses around your home. You can cover your feet while watching TV, use it as a lap warmer, or as an extra layer on a bed. Place it on your sofa or a favourite reading chair, use it on the back seat of your car or drape it on your garden chair while having a late night barbeque with friends in summer. Some people take wool throws on camping trips, while others use smaller-sized throws as pet beds. Each and every house needs several cozy throws, as they are also decorative and can be a lovely accent in your interior.
Throws, same like cushions, are vital as decorative punctuation marks in a living room; they can also be vibrant focal points, adding drama and personality to the living area.
Over time, people have used various names for throws. A throw can be called a plaid, or plaid rug, which in Scots language means blanket and describes a patterned woollen cloth. The word may have originated from ‘plaide’ in Gaelic.
Modern textile designers present a wide range of throws, in a variety of weaves and made of a range of materials. Throws may be knitted, crocheted, felted, quilted or patched up from pieces of recycled wool fabric.
The throw’s texture is determined by the type of weave (plain, ribbed, twill, satin or pile) and density of yarns used.
To achieve the warmest effect, wool (lambs, camel, angora, mohair, llama, merino, alpaca etc.) has been traditionally chosen to produce throws. Some manufacturers use a blend of different wools. The throw might have a fabric edging, or be decorated with fringed edges.
Patterns also vary. From plain to checkered, from folk motifs to subtle ornamental weaves, it is possible to find a wool blanket to suit any taste and interior.
If you are trying to have some sort of theme around your house, you may use throws and blankets that are woven and knitted from different fibres, but, for example, are all in the same / similar shade. This results in a strong textural contrast, despite the similarities of colour.
If cared for properly, wool throws last for decades so it’s always worth considering a better quality throw rather than the one that has higher proportion of man-made fibres.