Poyet Motte Aubisque 100% Wool Blanket 500Gsm 33 Microns - Queen 94" x 90".
- Blanket 100% virgin wool woolmark
- 500g/m2 | 33 Micron
- Twin colored
- 2 sides brushed
- Antipilling treatment
- Finishing: mitered corner
- 100 mm trim 3 seams
- Solid to solid
- Satin binding
- Machine wash/gentle
- Cold water/line dry
In 1825, when a small local boss, Antoine Chapon, boss of a small mechanical spinning mill and peddler, observed a weaver in Moulins who was using a weft of rags.
He therefore had the idea of using from scraps, fraying, textile waste to make a weft strong enough to be woven, this inexpensive raw material suited the large population of Cours and its region. With this, Antoine Chapon handcrafted the first "GRISON" blankets in Cotton or Wool and Cotton.
These cardoons are spun at home by the women, using a rudimentary device called a "rounder" which managed to extract an embryo of threads, then from the spinning wheel.
-Jeannette's loom soon replaced the spinning wheel to spin this weft because it could take 20 ends instead of just one.
-Small children (rapondeurs) are used to tie the spun cardoons which are then woven.
-Following this, 4 to 5 Families will use this process and will be the starting point for nearly 20 Manufacturers in the COURS region.
In the first third of the 20th century, Cours was called the national, if not the world, capital of blanket manufacturing. A generous slogan, "Course covers the world" illustrates this point.
But some factories, shaken by repeated strikes, especially in 1931, will begin to disappear. Despite the immediate post-war economic boom and the so-called "glorious" years, the roofing industry collapsed from 1960.
But, new industries, in particular metalwork, have reconnected with the ancestral know-how of the coursiaude industry.
No Full size available and Twin size 72" x 90" is too small. Queen size is larger than a Full size bed so it drapes over to the sides.
It's relatively soft for virgin wool though it does have a bit of a roughness as it's not smooth like that of a merino wool or cashmere.
The 500GSM is Poyett Motte's heaviest weight rating for its wool blankets for cold winter use.
Live in New England where it has cold, frigid winters and literally bone chilling temps which begins ~Sept through Mar, sometimes April, of the following year. Temps actually drop to the single digits F which is common.
Winter heating costs are always high in New England so keep the heat on relatively low settings and bundle up with clothing and warm blankets and comforters, similar to what people did decades and centuries ago.
The wool blanket should be aired out after opening when you first receive it for a day before use. It's not scratchy though a little rough but still relatively smooth. There is a light smell probably because it was sealed in a big plastic container bag which you keep to store the wool blanket in the off-season. Air out the wool blanket in sunlight to refresh the blanket. Dry clean as needed.
The doe/natural color is nice. One side is a camel color while the other is a natural color. Seems to be a relatively high quality blanket. The wool blanket will keep you warm in autumn though it should be used with a down or wool comforter in the winter when it gets frigid.
Use a base layer of a flat flannel sheet, then layer upon a lightweight fleece blanket then layer again with the Poyet Motte wool blanket. It'll keep you warm enough when temps drop. When temps drop further, like 40s F or below, then layer again on top with a down comforter.
Wear flannel or fleece undergarments, and socks if needed, to bed to keep you warmer!
- Relatively smooth with a little bit coarseness to be expected from wool
- Relatively warm
- Good quality blanket, almost luxurious, as many companies don't make quality wool blankets anymore
- The smell the wool is light not harsh
- Relatively expensive but worth it
- Not as warm as expected (at least for cold, frigid, bone chilling New England temps)