A wool blanket is a workhorse item in every living room (and some bedrooms, too). Draped or folded over the back of a sofa or chair, it’s a simple, low-commitment way to add color and texture to a space, making any room just a bit chicer—not to mention that people have been using wool to keep warm for thousands of years. And a wool throw is also an ideal piece for everyone’s favorite at-home activity—we’re talking Netflix marathons made that much more indulgent when watched while curled up with a cozy throw.

New England–based interior designer David Ekezian (who used to work in design at L.L. Bean) loves the idea of refreshing a classic pattern with unexpected colors. “Imagine a great-quality wool blanket you might see in a Black Watch tartan or other Christmas-esque pattern, but done in a tonal gray plaid,” he says. “It’s still timeless, but it’s elegant in a new way.”

The best wool blankets are pieces you’ll look forward to pulling out for years to come—a fun way to mark the changing of the seasons and get into a hygge state of mind. Read on for our picks, optimized for maximum coziness.

Our Favorites

Best Indoor-Outdoor: Pendleton Yakima Camp Thick Indoor/Outdoor Blanket

Why we chose it: Warm, durable, and ready for the campfire.

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Yakima Camp Thick Indoor/Outdoor Blanket, Pendleton ($169)

Cowboy, but make it fashion—that’s the Pendleton ethos. And it works: The brand has long been a go-to for well-made textiles in classic patterns. We like this thick-striped blanket, ideal for huddling under after making s’mores around the campfire (or getting a mid-movie snack from the kitchen).

Because this is an indoor-outdoor blanket, we suggest using it on the porch or back deck for enjoying the crisp fall and winter air while staying toasty.

What we like:

  • Comes in three different sizes
  • A classic product from a heritage brand
  • Sturdy

What we don’t like:

  • Fabric can feel a little rough

Dimensions: 65-by-90 inches (twin) | Color: A variety of neutral backgrounds with stripes of primary colors | Softness level: Moderate

Best Geometric: Hem Brick Throw by Sylvain Willenz

Why we chose it: High-quality New Zealand lambswool in a bold, graphic print.

The Best Wool Blankets Option_ Hem Brick Throw by Sylvain Willenz
Brick Throw by Sylvain Willenz, Hem ($169)

Brussels-based textile designer Sylvain Willenz makes pieces inspired by his own drawings, with perfectly imperfect lines and shapes. This throw features a grid pattern, creating bold bricks of color punctuated by contrasting straight lines. Made from New Zealand lambswool, the blanket is ultrasoft and also lighter than some of our picks, making it a year-round option. 

The print makes it easy to add colors that might otherwise be tricky to incorporate into a space surprisingly versatile—it’s easy to imagine the blue and pink version (our favorite) draped over a gray sofa or a rich green velvet chair.

What we like:

  • Reversible for maximum versatility
  • A lighter option for those who run hot

What we don’t like:

  • Limited color selection

Dimensions: 71-by-51 inches | Color: Three options—blue and pink, yellow and gray, and black and white | Softness level: High

Best Patterns: Zig Zag Zurich Wool Blankets

Why we chose it: If you can think of a pattern, they probably make it.

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Wool Blanket, Zig Zag Zurich ($216)

Sometimes what your home needs, more than another piece of furniture or art or pottery, is a supersoft throw blanket printed with a huge, gorgeously woven tiger. If tigers aren’t your style, maybe you’d like a Pop Art–inspired floral print in shades of green and blue? Fish, a desert sunset, mushrooms growing in the woods—Zig Zag Zurich has all kinds of unique throws that make a statement. In addition to coveting these blankets for our own homes, we also think they’d make great hostess gifts.

These blankets are woven from New Zealand lambswool, and most are slightly longer than standard size, great for covering up from head to toe.

What we like:

  • Huge variety of patterns and colors
  • Most throws are under $300, with some priced even lower

What we don’t like:

  • Website is great for browsing but can be tricky to navigate if you’re looking for something specific

Dimensions: 55 inches to 79 inches long | Color: Too many to count | Softness level: High

Best Handmade: Minna Handwoven Merino Wool Abstract Throw

Why we chose it: Artful and abstract, these blankets are ethically handmade by a women’s cooperative in Uruguay.

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Handwoven Merino Wool Abstract Throw, Minna ($365)

Hudson, New York–based Minna works with artisans all over the world to create quality products with a backstory you can feel good about, which is why it has been a favorite Domino brand for a while now. This particular blanket is made in Uruguay by a women’s cooperative, with woven merino wool and felt shapes applied by hand in an abstract yet organic pattern. The hunter green palette with splashes of goldenrod and cream makes us think of early-autumn mornings tramping through the woods, admiring the changing of the leaves.

What we like:

  • Handmade from start to finish
  • Earthy colors and shapes

What we don’t like:

  • Only a few colorways to choose from

Dimensions: 50-by-60 inches | Color: Hunter green, oat, and cream | Softness level: High

Best Mohair: Serena & Lily Albion Mohair Throw

Why we chose it: Mohair is one of the warmest blanket materials, and these are from a brand known for high style and high quality.

The Best Wool Blankets Option_ Serena & Lily Albion Mohair Throw
Albion Mohair Throw, Serena & Lily ($448)

Serena & Lily is a brand guaranteed to pop up if you spend any time scrolling through interior design Instagram feeds, and for good reason—its classic (but not at all stuffy) products function as elevated basics that will last for years.

Here, the warmth of mohair makes for a blanket that will get the job done when it gets really cold. Serena & Lily shines when it comes to crafting the perfect shade of blue, and the Coastal Blue and Capri options are no exception. We also love that they come with a detailed product-care guide to help you keep your blanket in good shape. They’re also Oeko-Tex certified, meaning the manufacturing process is better for the environment.

What we like:

  • Spanish mohair and merino wool are woven together for extra warmth
  • Color options feel fresh
  • A brand known for its long-lasting pieces

What we don’t like:

  • Only comes in solid colors

Dimensions: 50-by-70 inches | Color: A few shades of blue, plus cream, pink, and a vibrant mustard yellow | Softness level: The highest

Best Stripes: Faribault Woolen Mill Co. Wool Blankets

Why we chose it: An American-made brand that has been producing warm, durable blankets for more than 100 years.

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Wool Blanket, Faribault Woolen Mill Co. ($195)

Faribault Woolen Mill Co. has been making some of America’s favorite wool blankets and throws since the 19th century (and at one point was producing almost half of all new wool blankets in the country). With that kind of historic pedigree, it’s no surprise that the company’s wool striped blankets are a perfect slice of Americana-inspired design, in heritage colors like golden yellow and deep navy.

These blankets work as throws, but since they come in three different sizes (twin, queen, and king), we also love the idea of putting them at the foot of the bed in case you need a little extra warmth at night (we wouldn’t say no to the coordinating decorative pillowcases either).

What we like:

  • Stripes in a wide assortment of colors
  • An affordable option
  • Made in a U.S. factory

What we don’t like:

  • Products can sell out quickly

Dimensions: 72-by-96 inches (twin) to 114-by-96 inches (king)| Color: Gray, cream, and navy, with green and yellow accents | Softness level: Moderate

Best Tartan: Moon Wool Plaid Throw Blanket

Why we chose it: When it comes to tartan, you can’t go wrong with a British brand that has been making wool blankets since the 1830s.

The Best Wool Blankets Option_ Moon Wool Plaid Throw Blanket
Wool Plaid Throw Blanket, Moon ($130)

Tartan is hugely popular as a throw blanket pattern. In addition to the fact that it just feels like fall and winter, the mix of colors makes it easy to tie into just about any space. Since the pattern originated in Scotland, it makes sense that a U.K.-based brand (one that has been in operation since 1837, no less) would be our go-to in this category.

Black Watch tartan, in navy and deep green, is an unassailable classic, especially if you’re looking for a piece that will get extra use over the holidays. We also love the ‘70s vibe of the teal and gold option, which combines thin stripes of cool blue with larger doses of amber and cream.

What we like:

  • Wide array of tartans and plaids in bright and muted hues
  • Available on Amazon

What we don’t like:

  • Availability changes regularly

Dimensions: 55-by-73 inches| Color: Shades of blue, red, cream, and gray | Softness level: Moderate

Best Chunky Knit: The Citizenry Celeste Chunky Knit Throw

Why we chose it: A luxurious, hand-knit throw made by artisans in Montevideo.

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Celeste Chunky Knit Throw, The Citizenry ($495)

The merino wool of this blanket is luxuriously soft, woven into a thick cloud by Uruguayan artisans paid a wage that is nearly two times the fair-trade requirement. The chunky knit is reminiscent of something your grandmother might have made, and the undyed wool gives it a modern, nature-inspired update.

This blanket also comes in two sizes—one meant to drape over a chair or a couch, the other large enough to use as a bed topper.

What we like:

  • Made from all-natural merino wool
  • Comes in two different sizes

What we don’t like:

  • The most expensive option on our list

Dimensions: 40-by-50 inches (throw size) and 40-by-96 inches (bed size)| Color: Cream | Softness level: Highest

Best Basic: Garnet Hill Wool & Cashmere Throw

Why we chose it: If you want to keep it simple, Garnet Hill’s blankets come in classic colors and patterns at an affordable price point. 

The Best Wool Blankets Option_ Garnet Hill Wool & Cashmere Throw
Wool & Cashmere Throw, Garnet Hill ($129)

Soft, durable, and available in a curated assortment of colors and patterns, this blanket is sure to become a living room standby. The blend of wool and cashmere feels like wrapping up in your favorite sweater, and the colors are on trend but classic enough to work year after year—think: inky navy blue, rich plum, and a tartan rendered in shades of pumpkin spice.

At $129 for the solid-color version and $149 for the plaids, this is also one of our most affordable picks, from a brand known for its long-lasting textiles.

What we like:

  • Blend of wool and cashmere is ultrasoft
  • Variety of colors and patterns
  • Good quality for the price point

What we don’t like:

  • A little thinner than some of our other picks

Dimensions: 50-by-70 inches | Color: A mix of solids and plaids | Softness level: High

Our Shopping Checklist

Material: The world of wool is as wide as it is warm, so how do you know whether to go with merino, alpaca, cashmere, or something else entirely? Mohair (which comes from mohair goats) and alpaca are both hardy and insulating, so you might want to look for blankets in those fabrics if your goal is maximum warmth and durability. Merino and lambswool are known as some of the softest wools, which makes them great picks if you’re looking for a lighter blanket to cuddle up with. Cashmere is widely associated with luxury, and a cashmere blanket is almost certain to feel dreamy, though it is a fabric that needs to be handled gently.

Size: When it comes to throw blankets, 50-by-70 inches is pretty much the industry standard. If you’re looking for something that can serve double duty as a bed blanket, shop for one that comes in a size big enough to cover your mattress.

Warmth: A thicker mohair or alpaca blanket will keep you warmer than a lighter merino weave, which makes the latter an ideal year-round option. If a blanket is advertised as just “wool” with no other descriptors, that usually means it’s sheep’s wool. While sheep’s wool can be a little scratchy, it’s also been used to keep people warm for thousands of years and gets the job done well.

Ask Domino

Q: What’s the best way to wash a wool blanket?

Most wool blankets are dry-clean only, though you might be able to find one with enough other materials blended in that it can go in the washing machine. To keep your blanket in shape between cleanings, regular brushing (more on that in a minute!) and spot treating any spills or stains helps.

Q: Is fleece the same as wool?

Fleece is a cozy material you’ll see used for both blankets and clothing meant for cold-weather use. The difference is simple: Wool is a natural fiber, while fleece is a man-made material.

Q: Will I need to replace a wool blanket within a few years?

It depends on how much use it gets! One of the great things about wool is that if it’s cared for properly, it can last for decades. Still, a throw in high-use parts of the house should be retired if you notice that it starts to get scratchier as time passes.

Q: What’s the best process for brushing a wool blanket?

Lay your blanket flat on the floor and brush along the grain of the fiber. This will help loosen dirt or crumbs and keep the fibers flat, which makes them less likely to fray or tear.

Q: How can I protect a wool blanket from moths?

Many of us have experienced the heartbreak of pulling out a favorite sweater, only to discover it dotted with holes created by hungry moths during the off-season. If you put your wool throws away in warmer months, you can protect them from moths by storing in an airtight plastic bag or container. There are tons of moth-repellent sprays on the market, and treating your blanket with one of these before you pack it away can offer extra security.

The Last Word

The best wool blankets do double duty, keeping you warm while adding visual interest to your space. Whether your taste leans toward classic or trendy, handmade or bold, there’s a wool blanket on our list that will become a go-to item in your living room for years to come.

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