Snuggly and cuddly, soft, warm and comforting, who can resist wrapping themselves in a gorgeous blanket when the weather turns chilly – or, equally, after a hard summer’s day surfing on a wild Cornish sea?
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0845 6585 194
The Atlantic Blanket Company, Unit 18, Dunveth Business Park, Wadebridge, Cornwall
The office is open Monday-Friday 09:30 - 16:30
Jo Reilly, founder of The Atlantic Blanket Company, knows better than most that a blanket is an instant comforter. ‘When our little girl suffered a miserable bout of the spotty pox early in 2007, I knew exactly the kind of blanket she needed to help her feel better, but I couldn’t easily get my hands on one,’ she says. ‘Searching the web provided no success, no catalogues I had seen contained quite the right thing, shopping was off until the chickenpox has passed, and anyway that kind of shop is scarce where we live in north Cornwall.’ While standing at the ironing board, Jo realised that, if she couldn’t find the sort of blanket she wanted, then neither could anyone else. Atlantic Blankets was born.
At this point I have to make a confession: I am pretty much addicted to blankets and throws. I possess rather a large number and I can’t seem to stop acquiring them – a slightly scratchy vintage Welsh one, a designer pink wool one with silky edging, some cheap fleecy ones, a hand-knitted one in mad colours… I could go on, but unless you share my problem you’ll have glazed over by now. So I spend more time than is healthy salivating over the Atlantic Blankets website, yearning for pretty much anything from any of their collections. And this year I finally gave in and bought one that I’d had my eye on for a while: a cable-knit Aran throw in oatmeal. It’s described as ‘a throw to turn to in times of need, tough but soft with a discreet but robust presence.’ And yes, indeed, I do turn to it in times of need – in need of eating chocolate in front of the telly, mostly. It’s fab – heavy but soft, and gorgeously comfy and warm.
Inspired by her Cornish surroundings and the coastline of the British Isles, Jo sources her products from the Atlantic seaboard and beyond, especially Cornwall, Ireland, Scotland and Norway. While I feel the phrase ‘classic with a twist’ is over-used, it really does describe her blankets – Scottish lambswool woven into a ticking stripe in fabulous soft colours, for example, or pure Yorkshire wool with blanket-stitched edging but funky shades such as pistachio and hot pink, or Cornish lambswool windowpane checks in turquoise and mocha. There are also throws, in mohair and alpaca (amongst others), knee rugs in Smartie colours (best-sellers – no wonder, as they’re great value), uber-cool baby blankets, picnic rugs, cuddly cushions and a fun range of gifts, from bags to lanterns, mugs to jewellery. With the exception of the truly lovely and very wearable silver pendants (maker Emily Nixon is a friend of mine, but I would buy them even if she weren’t) the latter aren’t really my bag. But bring on the blankets, because Jo’s selection is the best. Buy online, where you can browse blanket beauties till you’re blissed-out to the brim. Brilliant…