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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

    The seven bison on this blanket represent the seven directions; north, south, east, west, above, below and within. Learn More
  2. Pendleton Blanket: Breast Cancer Awareness (Cherry)

    Pendleton Blanket: Breast Cancer Awareness (Cherry)

    In addition to being part of the Chief Joseph Collection, this blanket also helps bring awareness to breast cancer, which touches everyone's life. There isn't anyone who hasn't had a family member or a friend who hasn't been affected by it. But there is hope, with early detection and todays technology, it has become more treatable than ever, but the fight is not yet over. Learn More
  3. Pendleton Blanket: Celebrate the Horse

    Pendleton Blanket: Celebrate the Horse

    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
  4. 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
  5. Pendleton Blanket: Creation Turtle

    Pendleton Blanket: Creation Turtle

    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
  6. Pendleton Blanket: Heritage Collection - Turtle

    Pendleton Blanket: Heritage Collection - Turtle

    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
  7. Pendleton Blanket: Heroic Chief

    Pendleton Blanket: Heroic Chief

    The war bonnet or feathered headdress was common among Plains Indian men - but was seldom worn on the battlefield. Learn More
  8. Pendleton Blanket: Mountain Majesty

    Pendleton Blanket: Mountain Majesty

    Inspired by Navajo hand weaving created in the Southwest circa 1920-40. Learn More
  9. Pendleton Blanket: Tree of Life II

    Pendleton Blanket: Tree of Life II

    The joyful "Tree of Life" pattern is a traditional Navajo rug pictorial design first seen in the 1840s and still woven today. Learn More

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