Paying homage to the traditional Newmarket racehorse blanket this stunning amber throw looks wonderful in the home (ours is on a pine blanket box where our little Luna likes to sit!) and is truly evocative of the British racing world.
100% Pure New Wool
114 cm x 180cm
Dry clean recommended
The Whippet Company are Supporters of The Campaign for Wool; a global endeavour initiated by its patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, in order to raise awareness amongst consumers about the unique, natural, renewable and biodegradable benefits offered by the fibre and our labels bear the logo.
The Story of The Newmarket Blanket
Originating from the 18th century 'point blanket' (used for mass exchange for the beaver skin with the native North Americans) this rich amber, navy and red patterned blanket was first produced in the Cotswolds market town of Witney hence it also being known as a 'Witney blanket'.
It became iconic in the racing world where due to it's thermal insulating properties it was used in the many race horse training yards of Newmarket.
Now woven solely by Hainsworth, royal warrant holder to supply HM The Queen, this classic Newmarket pattern represents English heritage at its best!
Hainsworth fabric has clothed royalty and the military for full-dress ceremonial occasions and has embellished and enriched the furnishings of palaces across the world. The Woolsack, the seat of the Lord Speaker in the House of Lords, is covered with Hainsworth cloth.
They also delivered the first inherently heat and flame-retardant fabrics in the UK that now protect emergency services and military personnel around the world from the damaging effects of fire. Their award-winning innovation centre is an internationally recognised authority in the design and development of woven textiles and they hold The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.
Wonders of Wool!
Non allergenic, wool does not promote the growth of bacteria and with microscopic scales, wool fibres trap dust in the top layers until vacuumed away and resists dirt and grease.
Breathable; wool’s natural structure allows it to absorb and release water vapour into the atmosphere, keeping your hound warm in winter and cool in summer.
Strong and durable; wool fibre can be bent 20,000 times without breaking and still have the power to recover and return to its natural shape so it will stand up to any amount of 'rearranging' by your hound and still look good!
Flame retardant, not something to dwell on but wool fibre has a higher ignition threshold than many other fibres and is flame retardant up to 600º C. It also produces less toxic fumes in a fire.
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