There’s such a universal understanding of the joy found in wrapping oneself in a huge, soft hug of fabric. It meets so many of our needs from the moment we’re born. But beyond the immediate warmth and comfort, blankets have a lasting functional value. When handled repeatedly, a patina evolves, both literally and metaphorically. Some blankets tell the story of a life, read through the loving signs of years of use. As blankets are handed down through the generations, they bring evidence of their usefulness over the years. This is the value of cloth.
And there are no better blankets and throws than those being lovingly created by Brahms Mount in Maine. Brahms Mount weaves textiles with a signature American look and soft, luxurious hand. Classically beautiful, wonderfully comfortable and grounded in the textile tradition and authentic character of the state of Maine, their products have been capturing hearts since the company was founded.
Each piece from Brahms Mount is woven on their antique shuttle looms - looms gathered from shuttered mills around Maine - by dedicated artisans, using specially engineered yarns spun from the finest natural fibers. Slowly but surely, a blanket emerges, passing through the traditions of a craft that means each piece will eventually be handled fifty times before considered ready. The pieces come off the loom feeling clean and untreated, rich and resilient, with the warm, understated elegance of something carefully handmade.
In 1965, 95% of all apparel and textiles were manufactured in the United States. Now, it’s less than 2%. However, when Claudia Brahms and Noel Mount bought a ramshackle barn in Hallowell, outfitted it with antique looms and built a small but sustainable company around heirloom linen and cotton blankets, they knew that the warmth and comfort from a blanket is a reflection not simply of the material result but also of the process it took to make it.
Woven blankets carry generations of care and tradition in their warp and weft. They comfort us simply by representing the power of the hand and its craft, by being the product of an art. These are the deep roots of authenticity and familiarity that keep us warm and cosy - and long may they remain with us.