If you need to add a little extra luxury to your favourite room or armchair, a designer throw blanket is the answer.
Designer blankets are some of life’s little luxuries. But just because they’re more commonly used for decor rather than warmth doesn’t mean they skimp on quality. From cashmere to alpaca wool, these exquisite wares are more like heirloom pieces, expertly made to look amazing for years. (As long as no one spills their soup on it!)
We’ve done the digging and unearthed a shortlist of luxury throw blankets from esteemed local and international designers. But first, here are some tried and tested tips for choosing a quality blanket.
How do I choose a good quality blanket?
Choosing a good quality basket is easy once you establish the following:
- Set a budget and stick to it!
- Finalise your colour choice based on the room it will live in
- Look for a timeless print and versatile colour for maximum longevity
- Establish exactly what size works for your space (if in doubt, go bigger!)
- Know beforehand which materials you’ll be happy with (consider allergies)
- Consider what method of cleaning works for you and be aware that not all luxury throws are machine-washable.
11 Luxury Blankets & Throws You’ll Want To Show Off
Whether you’re after an unforgettable housewarming gift or the perfect finishing touch for your new boucle armchair, you’ll find it right here. So grab a cuppa, settle in and get ready to create quite the wishlist.
Up for grabs in three beautiful hues, these delectable throws use wool that is grown, sheered and spun right here in Australia. They are moisture-wicking, odour-resistant and perfectly sized to pair with your favourite swivel chair. How to choose?!
- 120 x 168cm
- Tasmanian wool
- Fringed ends and logo patch
Timeless and luxe, Colville Stripe Blankets are made in Italy at a historic mill that uses weaving techniques dating back to the Middle Ages. They use a virgin wool blend and feature an unmissable stripe in pink or vemillion that pops against the earthy tones.
- 148 x 190cm
- Virgin wool (87%), wool (10%) and polyamide (3%)
- Made in Italy using ancient techniques
Founded by two sisters with an admirable ecological vision, Seljak Brand uses offcuts, post-consumer waste and deadstock yarn to create its award-winning blankets. They come in a range of exquisite designs and colours, including our favourites featured here: the Dune and Pyramid Blankets.
- 130 x 180cm
- Recycled lambswool & polyamide
- Made using recycled materials and 100% recyclable at the end of its life
Made in Scotland and generously sized at 145 x 210cm, the Tiffany & Co. Color Block range comes in four colours, including the unmistakable Tiffany Blue®. Each reversible throw uses a luxe combination of cashmere and wool and features an embroidered ‘T’ in the corner. There are matching cushions available too!
- 145 x 210cm
- Cashmere and wool
- Each is fully reversible and embroidered with the Tiffany ‘T’
Woven using the wool of Huacaya alpacas from Puru’s farming region, St Albans’ throws are both hypoallergenic and water resistant. From rich mustards to marine blues, this range has a blanket for every kind of interior theme. But best of all, each one is ‘crafted for life’ and 100% recyclable.
- 122 x 183cm
- Alpaca wool
- Every alpaca wool blanket is completely recyclable
The unmissable Neo Monogram is the ultimate home accessory for Louis Vuitton aficionados, and one of the most iconic designer throw blankets around. Beautifully woven using wool and cashmere, it features a chocolate-brown base and contrasting monogram and blanket stitch in beige. Admit it – your sofa needs this!
- 140 x 180cm
- 90% wool and 10% cashmere
- All-over signature LV monogram
Exquisitely crafted in the UK, the Avalon throw blanket epitomises luxury decor – and we’ll take one in every colour, please! While the Avalon comes in a range of varied designs, each uses a combination of Merino wool and cashmere and features blanket stitching and the iconic ‘H’. Also available in a baby blanket.
- 135 x 170cm
- Merino wool and cashmere
- Comes in a range of colours with matching cushions available
Designed by Elina Helenius, Lapuan Kankurit Revontuli Blankets are made in Europe using South African mohair and New Zealand wool. They come in a rainbow of glorious colours and boast contrast fringing for a texturally rich finish.
- 130 x 170cm
- South African mohair and New Zealand wool
- Inspired by the Northern Lights of Europe
Looking for earthy tones and loads of warmth? Creswick’s Alpaca Throws are the answer. They come in a range of classic designs and use natural hues that complement modern living beautifully. They’re silky-soft to the touch and ultra lightweight thanks to the use of alpaca fibres.
- 137 x 182cm
- Premium wool and alpaca fibres
- Breathable properties make it useful all year round
Made in block colours and finished with a logo patch, Magniberg’s Italian wool blankets are as bold as they are beautiful. Their oversized format size makes them fantastic for beds and large sofas, and the fringed hem adds a textural touch. Each comes with OEKO-TEX and RWS (Responsible Wool Standard) certification.
- 150 x 250cm
- 100% virgin wool
- The oversized, heavy-weight design is ideal for cold climates
Decked out in unmistakable bees and G’s, the Gucci Pattern Throw is definitely one to show off. This particular print comes in a choice of beige or black and uses a combination of wool, cashmere and silk yarns to achieve its luxe feel. And if fringes are your thing, these lovely numbers come with 10cm of them!
- 130 x 185cm
- Cashmere, silk and wool
- Thick 10cm fringes on both ends
Antique Navajo blankets are known as one of the most expensive in the world due to the time that went into making them and their scarcity today. A 2018 story explained that a Californian man sold his heirloom Navajo blanket at auction for US$2 million!
Considerably less expensive, but still an eye-watering amount, are Brunello Cucinelli’s Italian-made cashmere blankets, which retail at up to AU$10,000 each.
The comfiest blanket material comes down to personal preference, but among the top favourites are cashmere, lambswool, alpaca wool and mohair. Premium sustainable cotton is also always a favourite, particularly for those in warmer climates or with sensitivity to animal products.
Top image: Hermès Avalon Blanket in Écru / Gris Foncé
We may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post, please see our Terms & Conditions.
After more goodness for living rooms? Check out our shortlist of stunning concrete coffee tables, perfect for modern homes.