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Pendleton Blankets

Pendleton Blankets

You can see and feel the Pendleton passion for quality. See it in the intricate patterns of blankets inspired by Native American designs and legends. ~Pendleton Woolen Mills

The mill, originally built in 1893, began as a wool scouring plant, which washed the raw wool before shipping. Due to increased freight tariffs on the shipment of scoured wool, the business soon became unprofitable.

In 1895, the scouring plant was enlarged and converted into a woolen mill which made bed blankets and robes for Native Americans. This venture also failed and the mill went idle. In 1909, the Bishops reopened the facility and constructed a new, more efficient mill building with aid of a local bond issue. In September of that year, the first products emerged from the new finishing department and the tradition of Pendleton Woolen Mills began.

The production of Indian blankets resumed as the Bishops applied intuitive business concepts for quality products and distinctive styling. A study of the color and design preferences of local and Southwest Native Americans resulted in vivid colors and intricate patterns. Trade expanded from the Nez Perce nation near Pendleton to the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni nations. These Pendleton blankets were used as basic wearing apparel and as a standard of value for trading and credit among Native Americans. The blankets also became prized for ceremonial use.

Today (2014) Pendleton distributes their products all around the world and Prairie Edge is excited to be part of this old but still growing company. We strive to carry the very best and these products are examples of the very finest blankets offered.
  1. Pendleton Blanket: Big Medicine

    Pendleton Blanket: Big Medicine

    $249.00
    The seven bison on this blanket represent the seven directions; north, south, east, west, above, below and within. Learn More
  2. Pendleton Blanket: Celebrate the Horse

    Pendleton Blanket: Celebrate the Horse

    $249.00
    A brave warrior astride a swift steed thunders across the Plains. Similar images were painted on buffalo hides by Plains Indians in the 1800s. Our Celebrate the Horse blanket is based on a design from the Blackfoot tribe, expert horsemen who called the animal "elk-horse" for its great size. Learn More
  3. Pendleton Blanket: Chief Joseph Collection

    Pendleton Blanket: Chief Joseph Collection

    Starting at: $249.00

    Designed early in the 1920's the Chief Joseph design continued to be one of Pendleton's most popular blankets. It commemorates the heroism of one of the Northwest's greatest Nez Perce warriors, Chief Joseph. His Nez Perce name was "Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kert", which means Thunder Rolling Down Hil Learn More
  4. Pendleton Blanket: Creation Turtle

    Pendleton Blanket: Creation Turtle

    $249.00
    The Turtle blanket recognizes the Iroquois Confederacy: the Oneida, Seneca, Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga and Tuscarora Nations. The Turtle design is a representation of the Iroquois Creation legend.
    ~Pendleton Legendary Collection Learn More
  5. Pendleton Blanket: Heritage Collection - Turtle

    Pendleton Blanket: Heritage Collection - Turtle

    $249.00
    The Turtle Blanket is a re-coloration of an early 1900s Pendleton design. It pays tribute to the Iroquois Confederacy, one of the oldest participatory democracies on earth, consisting of the Oneida, Seneca, Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga (and later the Tuscarora) Nations. The Turtle design was inspired by Iroquois, primarily Mohawk, legend. Learn More
  6. Pendleton Blanket: Heroic Chief

    Pendleton Blanket: Heroic Chief

    $249.00
    The war bonnet or feathered headdress was common among Plains Indian men - but was seldom worn on the battlefield. Learn More
  7. Pendleton Blanket: Way of Life

    Pendleton Blanket: Way of Life

    $249.00
    The Way of Life blanket is based on the art of Jim Yellow Hawk, a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. It is a visual representation of Pte Oyate - The Buffalo Nation.
    ~Pendleton Legendary Collection Learn More
  8. Pendleton Throw: Prairie Rush Hour

    Pendleton Throw: Prairie Rush Hour

    $199.00
    The bison, often referred to as the buffalo, is the largest land mammal in North America. Learn More

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