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Vintage Aranui CAR RUG Collectible Wool Blanket
Vintage Aranui CAR RUG Collectible Wool Blanket
Vintage Aranui CAR RUG Collectible Wool Blanket
Vintage Aranui CAR RUG Collectible Wool Blanket
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Vintage Aranui CAR RUG Collectible Wool Blanket

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Key Feature: Mint condition!

Aranui Blankets are not one I see very often.  They are part of a very interesting company history and of course overall nationwide wool and manufacturing evolution.  

Aranui Woollen Mills was built and set up by the Millers Company.  A visionary man, Leslie Miller had a huge impact in NZ business of the time - as a side note his huge department store they built in Christchurch had the first ever escalator and apparently hundreds of people in the first few weeks came to the store just to ride it :) 

Usually blankets of this type (dense, duotone) date earlier than this.  There is a subtle difference between this one and the earlier ones.  Visually they look very similar however this one that dates approx late 1950's has a softer more smooth finish.  

These Car Rugs are very heavy, there was no scrimping on materials when making a quality product.  This blanket weighs 1.7kg!

This blanket is made of very fine wool, spun into a very fine yarn and then densely woven (and brushed too I think).  Then two blankets fused together! One in solid colour for the reverse and one in pattern for the front.  So not only dense but thick too (this blanket is approx 3mm solid) which makes it quite firm but no prickle factor at all.  The overall feeling is smooth and almost felted.  The density would make it quite water resistant too.  

So in usage terms not the type of blanket you would cosy up in though you could probably survive some pretty harsh temperatures if you did! This type of blanket is best for outdoor picnics, part of a car or vintage display, to cover over a lovely big couch or protect the surface of a polished table - as a few ideas. 

This blanket is  at 142cm x 162cm.  

Patterned side is cool taupe, cream and medium taupe with a fine green details check pattern.  The reverse side is solid cool medium taupe.  

Tassels top and bottom edges.  

Fabulous Aranui label, Christchurch New Zealand.  All Pure NZ Wool.   The label shepherding with a horse and dog with Southern Alps in the background. Green and black embroidered label with gold detailing.

Amazingly there are no flaws to this blanket - no marks, wear or repairs.

A wonderful heritage blanket to use and admire!

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Items sold by Fresh Retro Love unless otherwise noted are restored, retro/vintage 100% Wool blankets.  Any irregularities/flaws are described to our best knowledge in the item description.  We make every effort to be thorough and ensure there are no surprises!  Mends, colour and thread , embroiders, mismatches, discrepancies and patches we consider to be part of the blanket journey and find beauty in these one of a kind unique items.  This is an aspect to be taken into consideration when your purchase is made.

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