Hudson’s Bay Company point blankets are a common feature in many Canadian households. My own family had one that was older than me! I’ve noticed them on a few interior design blogs lately, so I thought I’d find out a bit more about them.
In fact, these classic yet cozy blankets were used as currency in the beaver pelt trade that first drew Europeans to the area that came to be known as Canada. Says the CBC: “First given to Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples in exchange for beaver pelts in 1780, the HBC point blanket has since been used in everything from fashion to bedding to canoe repair.”
They’re called “point blankets” because of the French term “empointer,” which means “to make threaded stitches on cloth.”
And finally, the most “famous” HBC point blanket – the one with the gren, red and yellow stripes – was introduced in 1800.
Wouldn’t you love such a light-filled home? Such a feeling of peace in this space.. (via The Marion House Book)