Woolrich Woolen Mills Weaves Tradition and Quality

Woolrich craftsman

A weaver at Woolrich's factory in Woolrich, PA.

THE company that provided blankets to soldiers in the Civil War continues its tradition of durable, American-made goods to this day. Founded in 1830, Woolrich is still located in Woolrich, PA, the very town where they make our Sherpa Rough Rider Blankets. Legend has it that Woolrich put the first zipper in men’s trousers in the early 1900s.

Spools of wool thread

Spools of wool stored in well-worn crates

“We’ve got a lot of history here. The town hasn’t changed much. The road is lined with trees planted in the late 1800s,” says Cathy Peddie, who helps oversee all the company’s blanket operations. “Woolrich has an extensive library of old wool swatches and patterns,” adds Peddie, who says she spends a lot of time in the archives looking for heritage patterns. She didn’t have to look far to find the buffalo check pattern of our Woolrich Sherpa Blankets; it was first produced in 1850 and remains one of Woolrich’s most popular plaids. Why buffalo? Apparently because the original designer — more than 150 years ago — had a herd of buffalo.

The Woolrich Sherpa Rough Rider Blanket packs double the warmth: The bold plaid side is warm, woven wool with a touch of polyester for strength. The flip side is made from super-soft polyester fleece for extra coziness.

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