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Given that I live in hot and humid Texas, it might be surprising to learn that throw blankets are a very big deal for me. But blankets can do a whole lot more than keep you warm; a great throw blanket can help define your entire aesthetic.
One of my favorite things to do when a new season commences is swap out my throw blankets for different options to update my aesthetic and set the seasonal tone. In fact, I have a closet full of throw blankets that I've amassed over the years so that I have plenty to choose from whenever I need to scratch a new interior design itch.
But looks aside, even in Texas, I still love to tuck myself under a good throw blanket while enjoying my latest Netflix binge. After all, air conditioning gets chilly, and nothing sets the mood for a cozy night like a soft, inviting throw.
Knowing my throw blanket enthusiasm, you can imagine my delight when I was asked to review the newest offering from Rumpl, an indoor merino wool throw blanket that I'm thrilled to add to my collection.
Rumpl's newest product, the Merino SoftWool Blanket, is made from 50% responsibly-sourced Australian merino wool and 50% organic cotton. Unlike many of the brand's other offerings, the blanket is specifically designed for indoor use and it comes in three different sizes.
The throw blanket size ($199) spans 50" x 70", which is plenty big enough to keep you and a loved one cozy on the couch. But if you need something larger, the blanket also comes in sizes that are ideal for full, queen ($379), and king ($429) beds, so you can easily use it to enhance the style and coziness of your nightly retreat.
Additionally, you can choose from four different hues—Sage, Terracotta, Ash, or Pacific. Each color offers a neutral, sophisticated tone that will complement a wide variety of looks and color palettes. I opted for the Sage, which is an earthy green hue that complements my organic-leaning aesthetic perfectly. Bonus: the blankets can also be reversed so that off-white is the dominant hue.
“Wool blankets don’t have to be itchy. The traditional itchy wool blanket is part of a boring, stagnant category that deserves a refresh."
“Wool blankets don’t have to be itchy. The traditional itchy wool blanket is part of a boring, stagnant category that deserves a refresh,” says Wylie Robinson, CEO and founder of Rumpl. “We are directly addressing this with the Merino SoftWool Blanket, an incredibly soft, itch-free blanket that adds style and function to the bedroom or living room.”
When the blanket arrived, I wasn't expecting it to be packaged as beautifully as it was. It came neatly packed in a reusable, matching fabric container that can be used to store the blanket or, in my case, any miscellaneous odds and ends that you've been wanting to find a place for.
I was immediately in love with the color. I love the color sage as a rule, but sometimes when I order something listed as sage, it ends up leaning more olive or lime than I'd like. Rumpl's Sage, however, is a perfect organic color that will elevate without overwhelming your aesthetic. And the color is well complemented by the simple off-white geometric design that enhances the blanket with a hint of compelling contrast.
Another aspect of the blanket that stands out for me is its size. A lot of throw blankets are 60 inches long, which is not quite long enough to keep my 5'8" body as cozy as I'd like it to be, and definitely not long enough to keep my partner's 6'3" frame warm. However, Rumpl's blanket is 70 inches long, which I've found is the perfect size for cozying up on the couch for movie nights.
Merino wool tends to be the softest type of wool, and this blanket offers a blend of merino wool and cotton, which maximizes its softness even further.
When it comes to the blanket's softness, I'm really pleased with it. Merino wool tends to be the softest type of wool, and this blanket offers a blend of merino wool and cotton, which maximizes its softness even further. It's still wool, though, so if you're particularly sensitive to the unique feel of wool it might not be a great fit for you.
As far as drawbacks, the only one for my household is the fact that the blanket isn't machine washable. We have three dogs at home who love to run around outside then come burrow into our blankets, so needing to take the blanket to the dry cleaner whenever it needs a refresher is not always ideal.
Rumpl's story began in a chilly van when the brand's founders were on a California surf and ski trip. After pulling over to spend the night next to a secret hot spring, the pair woke up to find themselves in subzero temperatures with a car that wouldn't start. With nothing to do but wait for help to arrive, which would end up taking hours, the couple cozied up under their sleeping bag and began chatting.
Eventually, the conversation turned to bedding as the pair noticed how much cozier their sleeping bags felt than the bedding they had at home. The impromptu chat ultimately led to the idea to create their own blankets. Once the couple returned home, they borrowed a sewing machine from a friend and created the prototype of Rumpl's Puffy blanket, now one of the brand's bestsellers.
Fast forward to today and Rumpl offers all kinds of cozy blankets for indoor and outdoor use, as well as towels, ground covers, and even "Beer Blankets," which work to keep your hands warm and your beer cold.
Rumpl is committed to reducing its impact on the planet. The brand's blankets are made from insulation composed of recycled water bottles or humanely and ethically sourced natural down feathers, depending on the option you choose. Since 2019, Rumpl's recycling practices have prevented millions(!) of water bottles from polluting our oceans.
Additionally, Rumpl is a B-Corp and Climate Neutral Certified brand, boasting a carbon-neutral footprint since 2020 thanks to thoughtful practices, which Rumpl reassesses each year to ensure they reduce their impact on the environment as much as possible. They're also a member of the 1% For the Planet, a designation awarded to brands that donate 1% or more of their sales to the planet.
I definitely recommend Rumpl's Merino SoftWool Blanket for anyone who loves combining great style with comfort. The throw blanket is the perfect size and it features a subtle design that will look amazing in a wide variety of spaces. It's also lightweight and plenty warm, making it ideal for long and cozy movie nights. However, it's important to note that the blanket is dry clean only, so if you have messy pets or little ones at home, then it might not be the right option unless you already make regular trips to the dry cleaner.
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