The blankets we call "Rainbow" in our offer have a long and interesting history, associated with the colonization of North America and trade with the Indians. The business letters show that woolen blankets were an important tender at the beginning of the 17th century.
In addition to firearms, metal ware and game traps, they were one of the main and most sought-after items in the trade with indigenous North American people. It was an exchange trade, a furry trade in which fur was paid for the goods. Blankets were highly valued by Indians. They were mainly used as clothing or sleeping bags. With its qualities the wool blanket was much more comfortable and practical than earlier leather garments. they were better off than anybody else in the quality of the blankets, and the merchants had to compete in the offer of first-class goods. During the 400 years of fur trade, quilts have changed according to the taste and demand of the Indians. Initially, white blankets were the ones most imported in smaller sizes, lined with a colored strip at the edges. Different tribes liked different colors. For example, prairie Indians bought white blankets so that they were not conspicuous on the winter plains.
The size of the blankets varied according to the purpose of the blanket being bought. If it was supposed to be a baby bag, a coat, or a sleeping bag. The size of the blanket indicated so-called points, respectively commas at the edge of the blanket. This system has evolved over time and has changed over time. Generally, however, the more bars, the larger the blanket, and the more furs will pay for it. It is often said that what a comma, it is the price of one beaver fur. However, it was not a rule and a 'fixed rate', and the commas thus indicate in the first place the size and then the price of the blank. The companies dealing with the Indians were more and the competition was tough. Blankets were made from the beginning both in France and England. HBC is gradually gaining ground and production in England, where the Witney manufactory is the most famous.
We offer you a selection of well-known and lesser-known five-point blankets. The blanket is really warm, fat, ideal for camping.