This is an early Kaiapoi Woollen Mills wool car rug. Blanket of these type were produced late 1800-Early 1900's putting this blanket as passing its century mark.
These Car Rugs are very heavy, there was no scrimping on materials when making a quality product.
Blankets of type were made of very fine wool, spun into a very fine yarn and then woven with a double weave process that put the top layer as patterned and the under layer a solid colour. Effectively producing twice the thickness and density.
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 blanket is a light brown tan with light cream, dark taupe, orange and blue plaid design. The solid colour side is medium taupe.
Car rug size 122cm x 160cm. Slightly smaller than average.
Tassels top and bottom edges. There are some missing tassels in sections.
The star of this rug is the wonderful Maori Chief Kaiapoi label. There is wonderful detail in this label measuring 68mm x 70mm. The label is woven and showing some surface wear so would require to be used with some care.
As expected for a blanket of this age there are some flaws. There is a handful surface area damage that only reaches through the top layer of the blanket. A couple more to the back and a few light marks. Seven patch repairs have been added with matching wool and statement orange stitching.
Kaiapoi Woollen Mills Blankets are highly sought after, priced well due to flaws. A great time to own a unique collectors piece!
It would ideal in a vintage vehicle, part of a display or in a museum. Enjoy NZ treasure in your own home.
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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