The terms “wool throws” and “wool blankets” seem to be synonyms of the same thing – a textile covering made of wool. Is that really so? What are the differences between a wool throw and a wool blanket? While the exact definitions are still subject to discussion, there are some general guidelines for the terms, so let’s see them.
A throw is a smaller covering than a blanket. It usually comes in a size of about 3 by 5 feet (0.91 by 1.52 m). Prior to buying one, check the info on the packaging, so you know what you are buying exactly. Wool throws have several most common purposes – the primary being decoration. They are made of a variety of materials – there are baby alpaca throws, merino wool throws, angora throws, even cashmere throws. Fleece throws are also very popular and considered cheap wool throws. Throws usually have beautiful patterns or intricate, tapestry-like designs that make a throw an adornment to a living area. They become draped over couches, armchairs, placed on end of beds, or even hung on walls. The main functional purpose of a woo throw is to provide warmth and comfort while relaxing on a sofa or a chair.
Throws are visually easy distinguishable from other blankets because they are most often edged with fringe, making them a welcoming part of a home décor.
Blankets are primarily used on beds. It is used for soft texture and added warmth, in addition to a decorative comforter. They are of the same size as a top sheet, which the blanket lies on, or a bit larger. So a wool blanket will usually be sold in twin, full, queen or king sizes. Although blankets can come in many fabrics, including cotton, velour and other, but wool is the most appreciated material. Blankets are often manufactured and intended for practical daily uses rather than decoration. Nevertheless, wool blankets also come in variety of colors and patterns nowadays and become a nice decorative addition to a bedroom.
Now that you learned the terminology, you are able to find exactly what you need. For an extra layer of warmth on your bed, buy a wool blanket. If you search for a beautiful yet warm covering when relaxing on a sofa, shop for a wool throw. Good luck!