Frankfurt's Blanket Store

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February 18, 2010

Nestled in behind a small glass storefront in central Frankfurt is a one-of-a-kind throw utopia. Blanket Store is a niche boutique dedicated to—yes, you guessed it—blankets, and owner Natalie Gray has found inventory that’s stitched, knit, and woven around the world. Assistant Editor Jordan Kushins stumbled upon the shop when wandering through the city on a cold, snowy day last month and couldn’t think of anything more inviting than the warm wonderland dedicated to keeping you cozy and your home a little bit brighter, so she asked Grey to open up about her coverlet sanctuary.

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  Natalie Gray's Blanket Store has been a Frankfurt staple since it opened its doors at this location in October 2009.
    Natalie Gray's Blanket Store has been a Frankfurt staple since it opened its doors at this location in October 2009.
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  Rows of blankets line the wall, and the shop offers an international selection from 18 different countries.
    Rows of blankets line the wall, and the shop offers an international selection from 18 different countries.
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  Lithuanian Mirage. "This blanket comes from New Zealand sheeps' wool," says Gray. "I like the old-fashioned pattern, and the good robust quality. My idea of a true blanket."
    Lithuanian Mirage. "This blanket comes from New Zealand sheeps' wool," says Gray. "I like the old-fashioned pattern, and the good robust quality. My idea of a true blanket."
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  Hudson's Bay Point. "I like the very basic colors and the history of this blanket."
    Hudson's Bay Point. "I like the very basic colors and the history of this blanket."
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  Picnic Blanket. "I like this handwoven picnic blanket (with a wax cloth sheet!) from England because it's made by a small company 
in a small town. They don´t always answer the phone or emails, so I always imagine them out drinking tea in their garden."
    Picnic Blanket. "I like this handwoven picnic blanket (with a wax cloth sheet!) from England because it's made by a small company in a small town. They don´t always answer the phone or emails, so I always imagine them out drinking tea in their garden."
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  Colour Bomb. "By Scholten and Baijings, designers from the Netherlands."
    Colour Bomb. "By Scholten and Baijings, designers from the Netherlands."
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  Clean Edge. "Very chic design, from Peru. It is made from the softest kind of  baby Alpaca wool, which actually comes from the neck area.
    Clean Edge. "Very chic design, from Peru. It is made from the softest kind of baby Alpaca wool, which actually comes from the neck area.
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  Midnight Blue Mohair. "This is from South Africa. It's the softest and lightest Mohair I have ever touched, and the blue is very deep but warm."
    Midnight Blue Mohair. "This is from South Africa. It's the softest and lightest Mohair I have ever touched, and the blue is very deep but warm."
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  Mohair Felted Blanket. "This was handwoven in Germany, and felted afterward. These blankets are offered in fine color combinations and are very warm and robust."
    Mohair Felted Blanket. "This was handwoven in Germany, and felted afterward. These blankets are offered in fine color combinations and are very warm and robust."
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  Stripes. "It's hard to imagine that this cotton bedspread from Bangladesh is actually handmade. One blanket takes 3 months to make, and if you look closely you see the tiny white stitches everywhere."
    Stripes. "It's hard to imagine that this cotton bedspread from Bangladesh is actually handmade. One blanket takes 3 months to make, and if you look closely you see the tiny white stitches everywhere."

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