Reading Sunset online, we came across Berkeley stylist George Dolese's tip that he buys inexpensive, high-quality wool blankets. . . at an army surplus store. That's something that had never occurred to us, but when we did some searching, we came up with these great Swiss Army Blankets and Italian Wool Blankets (see photo of Swiss blankets below the jump). Both are just $29.50.
The Swiss blankets are 1940's to 1960's military issue. All have the traditional Swiss white cross insignia and red stripes. They weigh about 6 pounds and measure approximately 55" x 75" (full size). The Italian blankets are new old stock. They're greyish brown with muted white stripes, and most have maker and date stamps from the 1950's. They weigh about 6 pounds and measure approximately 60" x 80" (queen size). Available here.