About Vintage Beacon Indian Design Camp Blankets~Design & Texture


Wrap up in a Beacon blanket!


These Beacon Indian blankets make good bed covers, sofa throws wall, art, table covers, jackets(damaged ones) and are just great to cuddle up with on a chilly morning. 

Beacon camp blankets are
highly collectible and look good just stacked up or hung on a wall or ladder or layered on a bed.  

Beacon blankets were introduced in the early 1900's. The Indian design camp blankets, as they are often called, were sold at stores like Sears Roebuck & Co., Montgomery Ward, W.T. Grant, J.C. Penny, dry good stores and others as noted in the book Beacon Blankets Make Warm Friends by Brownstein.

They are easy to care for and are generally very washable. 

All blankets listed in this category will be cotton unless noted.

They also come from a non smoking home and will usually have been cleaned as wet washed and dried flat on the grass or floor under fans. 

There may be the occasional age spot, but these blankets aren't "new".

One of the great features of these camp blankets is they have good texture, are not usually scratchy, feel good next to the skin, and can be washed.

If a blanket is a Pendleton or similar wool blanket, then dry cleaning may be a preferred method to clean it as I never wet wash wool blankets. One may use a sticky lint roller for blankets or just an airing outside can be good. 

Some collectors/clients like the blankets that have been used some and have that certain "feel”, washed a few times, but not abused, so not quite that "out of the box" feel and look.

Buy what you like and you will enjoy it for years.