The Blankets By Pendleton Woolen Mills Company
Pendleton Woolen Mills is a family-owned 6th generation American company. They have been in the wool industry since 1863 and are based in Portland, Oregon. Their mills are located in Pendleton, Oregon, and Washougal, Washington.
Next to their blankets they also produce apparel, and home products which they sell through retail stores, museums and their webshop.
The History Of Pendleton
British weaver Thomas Kay laid the foundation of the Pendleton company when he arrived in Oregon in 1863. His expertise lives on in Pendleton’s tweed, flannel, and worsted wool apparel. Kay’s grandsons, the three Bishop brothers, opened Pendleton Woolen Mills in the early 1900s. They joined Kay’s weaving skills with stunning Native American-inspired designs in the Pendleton trade blankets, a benchmark for beauty and quality for over 100 years. Family-owned and operated for more than six generations, the uniquely American story of Pendleton Woolen Mills continues today.
Take a tour of the Pendleton Woolen Mills in Washougal, Washington, and Pendleton, Oregon.
The Blanket Patterns
The patterns of the Pendleton blankets are inspired by Native American designs. They’re made of soft, lightweight, luxurious wool that is produced by the brand itself.
The blankets were used as basic wearing apparel and as a standard of value for trading and credit among Native Americans. They also became prized for ceremonial use.
The Pendleton brand celebrates worldwide American heritage via their unique products. Products that are made more than 150 years with the highest standard.