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Blanket weaves explained

The best soft furnishings begin with a quality fibre, but the way in which the yarn or thread is used is what makes each piece stand out. Distinct from knitted styles, woven fabrics are created on a loom by intertwining what is known as a warp and weft thread. Each of the two threads cross over each other, creating a distinctive pattern depending on the type of weave applied.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS

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Flat weave blanket

Simple in their construction, flat weaves rely on colour and tension to create different designs. The final surface can be smooth or textural depending on the tightness of the weave and the density of the thread. It’s a technique that is often employed to create rugs and carpets, as this particular weave produces a flat surface with no pile.

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Jacquard weave blanket

Named after the French weaver and inventor Joseph M. Jacquard, a special jacquard loom is used to weave rich and intricate patterns. From sophisticated diamonds to detailed paisley, jacquard makes it possible to master complex patterns. It is often employed to achieve large scale designs and weave imagery directly into the pattern, without requiring additional processes like printing or embroidery.

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Sateen weave blanket

A sateen fabric uses the warp and weft threads in different proportions. The horizontal weft crosses over the vertical warp threads more often than it passes under them, meaning that you see more of the weft yearn on the surface, while the warp is hidden on the back. For example, a weft yarn may 'float' over seven warp threads before passing under only one. Because the warp and weft yarns are not tightly bound together, there is more movement, meaning the fabric can have a very high thread-count but still feel supple. Due to the long yarns on the surface of the fabric, it feels smooth and soft to the touch, while the longer 'float' also gives the fabric a luxurious, glossy shine.

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Basket weave blanket

With its beautifully interwoven pattern, it’s no surprise that basket weave is used to make a variety of furnishings (baskets aside). The square, checkerboard effect is achieved by using multiple threads in both the warp and the weft, forming a criss-cross pattern. The pattern is simple but has a striking effect, particularly when different colours are used to highlight the contrasting pattern.

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