All Pendletons made after 1908 have square corners. Serious vintage blanket collectors seek pre-1942 blankets.
In 1942 all mills were converted to war use and no Indian blankets were made for the duration of the hostilities.
ONLY the Beaver State line of Indian blankets has been made in the modern era.
INSTANT EXPERT TIP: Pendleton blankets with round corners like the magnificent backgammon pattern example pictured on this page were made between 18.
Capps blankets are often quite simple in design, but elegant in their simplicity. Joseph, Missouri – Buell made the most faithful copies of true Indian designs and stopped producing after 1911.
They were extremely well woven and highly collectible. Buells have always been extremely difficult to obtain.
Trade blanket manufacturers refer to fringed blankets as shawls and non-fringed blankets as robes.
Racine ceased production in 1912, but continued in business selling blankets manufactured by other mills. Oregon City Woolen Mills – Oregon City, Oregon – Oregon City made some of the wildest patterns of all and produced from approximately 1905 until 1935.The designs were based on the Oriental rugs popular in the eastern United States.From that time forward the Navajo ceased making wearing blankets and wove only rugs for sale through the white traders.Pendleton began producing Indian blankets again in 1947 but drastically reduced the numbers of patterns they produced.ARE THE BLANKETS PEOPLE COLLECT FORMERLY OWNED BY INDIANS? The blanket companies began selling to non-Indians almost immediately and it is primarily these blankets that survive. If a blanket has retained its label dating is quite simple.With the Navajos now exclusively weaving rugs, commercial woolen mill operators saw an opportunity to sell their machine-made blankets to the Indians and the result was Indians selling rugs to whites and whites selling Indian blankets to Native Americans – a practice that continues to this day.