The original Indian trade blankets were the multi-striped point blankets imported by the Hudson’s Bay Company from English woolen mills.
From 1780 to 1890 the point blanket was a staple in every fur trader’s inventory and thousands upon thousands found their way into indigenous hands.
The latter two were budget labels and used remanufactured wool as opposed to the virgin wool used in the Pendleton and Beaver State lines.
Shuler & Benninghofen Woolen Mill – Hamilton, Ohio – S & B’s Hamilton Blankets line shared designs with Racine and issued a nearly identical catalog in 1911. Their line of novelty pictorial blankets – the Let ‘Er Buck, Totem Pole and Happy Hunting Ground blankets are highly prized by many collectors and fetch high prices.
Knight Woolen Mills – Provo, Utah – Organized originally as the Provo Woolen Mills by Brigham Young, the company was later bought by mining tycoon Jesse Knight and manufactured excellent Indian blankets which they called Provo Robes.
However, another weaving tradition began in the 18th century.
The Navajo tribe of the American Southwest wove sheep’s wool into classic wearing blankets that became coveted trade items.