It is difficult to think of a time or a culture where blankets are not regarded as useful, or where they do not form a central part of family or community life. There are beautifully designed examples of personalized blankets in museums and whole exhibitions are devoted to displays of personalized throw blankets produced throughout history. Traditionally blankets were hand-made and decorated with designs which were relevant to their owners, or given as gifts as a mark of respect or as a tender gesture. People still give custom blankets as gifts in modern times, and although manufacturing processes may be different, throw blankets,for example, are still regarded as representations of comfort and warmth.
Blankets have many and varied uses, and new technology means that custom blankets can be mass produced, using digital technology to embroider designs which are personalized for the recipients. Beautifully soft and versatile fabrics such as fleece can be used to create personalized blankets on a large or small scale without incurring huge cost, and the result is both hard wearing and attractive, thanks to the availability of modern and vibrant color choices.
Modern production processes using computer technology enables manufacturers to produce custom blankets in a range of styles and sizes, including plush blankets suitable for babies and young children, through to picnic blankets which have a wipe clean waterproof lining and which can be used outdoors. Businesses who want to use personalized blankets as promotional gifts have a wide choice of designs and can work with the blanket maker to get the final product just how they want it.
Fleece blankets are relatively inexpensive and yet have the look and feel of a much more costly product, so are very popular with both private purchasers and companies who wish to use them as incentives for both employees and customers. The versatility of blankets means that they appeal to most individuals as a gift and as a practical solution for warmth and comfort in most rooms of the house. No matter what the design or theme of a modern home, throw blankets can add extra style and panache, especially when color co-ordinated with the rest of the decor.
Experts are always on hand to offer tips to people wanting advice on how to use blankets as design features in the home. Fleece throws work really well on beds of any size, whether in the children's rooms, or as an attractive accessory for adults. In the living room fleece throws can add extra comfort and a homely feel, when used on sofas or couches and across chairs.
Outdoor living spaces such as summer houses and gazebos can be made more comfortable and welcoming with the addition of throw blankets on seating. If you prefer not to have them on display until you actually want to use them, fleece blankets can be stored away ready for use without taking up too much space, and they are easy to keep clean and fresh smelling because they are machine washable.
Blankets are generally popular because they are so hard wearing and maintain their new appearance after many washes and repeated use. Children can subject their custom blankets to quite a lot during play and other activities, but modern fleece designs can withstand a tremendous amount of abuse before parents need to start thinking about replacements.