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This stylish piece of history has become almost a necessity in cabin culture. It is both decorative and functional, and we can’t get enough of it. But with so many iterations of the classic four-color stripe out there, we wonder: how did this woolen treasure come to be?
According to HBC Heritage, the arm of Hudson’s Bay dedicated to preserving and promoting the company’s history, wool blankets were a commonly traded good between British North America (present day Canada) and the United States in the 17th and 18th century. Traders would exchange the blankets for beaver pelts and other goods. In 1779, THE iconic point blanket was born. That was the year independent fur trader Germain Maugenest suggested a blanket with a “point system.” HBC heritage explains:
"Each blanket was graded using a point system. Points were identified by the indigo lines woven into the side of each blanket. A full point measured 4–5.5 inches (10–14 centimetres); a half point measured half that length. The standard measurements for a pair of 1-point blankets was: 2 feet, 8 inches (81 centimetres) wide by 8 feet (2.4 metres) in length; with a weight of 3 pounds, 1 ounce (1.4 kilograms) each. Points ranged from 1 to 6, increasing by halves depending upon the size and weight of the blanket.
The number of points on a blanket represents the overall finished size of the blanket, not its value in terms of beaver pelts as is sometimes believed."
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