Those familiar with Pendleton’s beloved rugs will know why they’re worth the money. They’re soft, durable and classic enough to inspire an entire room. For over 100 years, Pendleton has been making the must-haves for designers and vintage hunters alike.
For more than 150 years, Pendleton has set the standard for American style.
While most Pendleton blankets are made in the USA, Pendleton blankets sold at Costco are made in China.
Caring for wool blankets
Dry cleaning is the best way to care for your blanket. Even with the mildest washing methods, blankets lose 3-6 inches in length. And shrinkage might increase with successive washes. Also, blankets can become stiff and dense, permanently changing the soft feel and smooth appearance.
There are a few reasons why Pendleton ceilings are so popular. First, the company has been in business for over a hundred years and has built a solid reputation for quality. Second, Pendleton designs unique patterns for its blankets that have a very traditional and timeless look.
What does the Beaver State label mean on blankets? The name “Beaver State” originated in 1912 when Pendleton robes/blankets and shawls were sold to the Walla Walla, Cayuse and Umatilla tribes near Pendleton Mill on the Columbia Plateau.
In the 1950’s and 60’s size information started to appear in the lower right corner. Pendleton label from 1970 to 1994, with Woolmark logo on label. Shirts from the 1970s to 1994 can be identified by the Woolmark tag, which remained unchanged until the early 1990s.
Its historical markings and colors date back to frontier trading posts. Traders indicated the weight of the blanket offered in exchange for furs by holding up a finger for each pound. The original blankets included three, four, or five black stripes in the design that indicated the blanket’s value.
— Pendleton Woolen Mills is closing its Sellwood garment factory and moving work to Mexico where labor costs are lower. The closure begins on Friday and the last of 119 workers will leave the 40-year-old factory on September 27, the family-owned company announced.
Machine wash cold, gentle cycle. Only non-chlorine bleach when needed. Tumble dry low. Do not iron.
Care instructions: Machine wash cold, gentle cycle. Use non-chlorine bleach only when needed. Tumble dry low.
A few years ago, Pendleton moved clothing production overseas and to Central America. Most matching non-wool blouses and accessories are made in China or other Asian countries. Most of the wool, which is still produced in Oregon, is sent to Central America for construction.
When washing a Pendleton wool blanket, wash on the gentle cycle with cool or cold water and wool detergent. Tumble dry low. If the blanket does not state that it is machine washable, dry cleaning is recommended.
Washing combines heat, detergent and agitation, causing the blanket to shrink and ruin it. Pendleton wool blankets should only be dry cleaned. The exception is the washable Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool® bedding line. These blankets and throws have been specially treated to be machine washable.
It’s also important to hang wool blankets out of direct sunlight to avoid fading, as this can cause the wool to dry too quickly, which can lead to coarseness in the fabric. Avoid putting rugs in the dryer as this can destroy the rug’s softness and shape.
The company has been privately held since 2019 and is managed by 5th generation Thomas Kay heirs. John Bishop, great-great-grandson of Thomas Kay, is President and CEO. Great-great-grandson Peter Bishop is Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Design.