Though it’s no one’s first consideration when planning interiors, little else will feel as essential as a cosy blanket when the British winter really gets going. The best designs are those you’ll want to have on display, whether artfully draped over the back of a sofa, folded at the foot of a bed or stored in a basket. Some of the throws below are even designed to double up as wall tapestries.
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Cleverly designed to be dual purpose and made using traditional tapestry techniques, this abstract blanket is equally at home hung on a wall as it is as an extra layer on a chilly evening. £129, twentytwentyone.co.uk
Copenhagen practice All the Way to Paris started life as a graphic design studio, and that sense of precision is plain to see in the lines of this lightweight throw. There are four colours to choose from, but we’d go for this punchy cobalt blue. £125, nest.co.uk
Scandinavian studio Tekla’s quietly luxurious home textiles have earned it a loyal following, and for good reason. In 100% superfine merino wool, this checked blanket exemplifies the ethos. £345, teklafabrics.com
Keen-eyed candle fans will immediately clock Diptyque’s ‘Basile’ print, which was designed for the brand in the early 1960s. It was the natural choice for this collaboration with Scottish textile house Begg x Co. £465, beggxco.com
Subtle hints of sage green bring another dimension to this tasselled throw, which takes its cue from the tones of Soho House’s Rome outpost. It’s woven in India from silk and linen. £260, sohohome.com
Colourful throws are something of a signature for this LA studio, which works with top artists and illustrators to produce original designs. With its three figures in recline, the ‘Benson’ seems rather fitting for lazy days on the sofa. £245, trouva.com
There’s a pleasing play between uniformity and asymmetry in this generous bedspread. Its patchwork-style mix of grids and lines are created by stitching pieces of checked and striped cloth together by hand. £195, toa.st
Arket’s Artist Edition platform is the brand’s way of showcasing pieces created in collaboration with designers. This graphic blanket is the work of Stockholm-based toy company JR–Work–Shop, though we think it’s just as suitable for grown ups. £69, arket.com
If you’re not totally sold on traditional tartan, gingham makes for a contemporary alternative. The print’s current popularity is surely further evidence of the increasing crossover between fashion and homeware. £125, libertylondon.com
Swedish artist and illustrator Siri Carlén’s collection of fluffy mohair throws for Hem is rather aptly named ‘Monster’. Spots, stripes and suitably shaggy texture brings new meaning to ‘creature comforts’. £344, finnishdesignshop.com
In muted tones of dark grey, mink and beige, these do-it-all blankets are a versatile addition to any home. We’d keep a couple folded in a basket so they’re always to hand. £89.99, zarahome.com
Created from fabric offcuts as well as vintage and end of roll material, Yorkshire-based textile artist Tessa Layzelle describes her pieces as ‘practical paintings’. This expressive design is exclusive to Notting Hill concept store Couverture & The Garbstore. £630, couvertureandthegarbstore.com