Whenever I do a market or event I have the opportunity to greet customers face-to-face and chat all things recycled wool tartan blankets! Whenever I do, I get asked all about recycled wool, Scottish clans and the best way to wash the tartan travel rugs. So, here are some of the most common questions and discussion topics from those catch-ups… 😊

1. Where are they from?

Edinburgh, Scotland – the home of authentic Scottish tartan. I bought 2 on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh in 2009 and loved them so much I had to import them to share with you all because of the link to the Scottish Grampian mountains.

2. What’s meant by recycled wool?

Basically what this means is that once upon a time your recycled wool tartan travel rug might’ve been an old wool jumper or a pair of wool socks! Old garments, blankets, and offcuts from the mill are gathered, sorted into complementary colour groups and then put through a process where they are shredded, spun and amalgamated into new yarn and from there, woven into new recycled products. The final result? The Heritage Collection Tartan Wool Blankets.

3. What’s so great about recycled wool?

Instead of using new, virgin Merino wool fibres to make tartan travel rugs, recycled wool gives a new life and purpose to an existing product that has been cast aside. Recycled and repurposed products are more sustainable and eco-friendly making them better for the planet as there is less waste. As part of The Grampians Goods Co. vision for the future to offer more eco-friendly products, we are aiming to do our bit to live and breathe a better solution in everything we do – you can learn more about our recycled products and sustainability ethos here.

Recycled wool is also less precious than new wool having been through such a rigorous process and so lends itself to more robust activities like outdoor adventures, picnics, footy games & road trips – but that doesn’t mean your recycled wool tartan wool travel rug is rough or scratchy! This perfect all-weather travel accessory is wonderfully soft as well as extremely versatile, and works just as well on the couch for the cosiest Netflix-and-chill sessions as it does travelling the countryside, without a doubt.

4. How big are the wool tartan blankets?

175cm x 157cm – so they are one large tartan picnic blanket – bigger than a throw rug, as you can see from photo of Sarah Glover on our Forest tartan blanket. So while they are a perfect picnic blanket size (although you might need two for larger gatherings!), they don’t take up the whole boot space when rolled up! Travel light and keep your recycled wool travel rug compact with the uber-stylish, ultimate tartan blanket accessory: a locally handcrafted leather blanket carrier.

5. What are the actual tartan names?

If you want to get technical about Scottish clans and their tartans or are simply looking for a meaningful gift for someone with Scottish heritage – here you go! We have Royal Stewart, Stewart Muted, Jacob, Buchanan Antique, Buchanan Natural, Bannockbane Silver, Black Watch, Wallace, Thompson Camel and Mackellar Natural.

6. How do I care for my recycled wool travel rug?

Dry clean is the recommended way to clean your recycled wool travel rug to keep it in it’s best possible condition BUT I’m going to tell the truth: I put mine in a front loader on a 30 degree wool cycle then drape it over a few chairs in the kitchen overnight and it’s still in great nick. Try this at your own risk!

Keep them rolled up in a Handcrafted Leather Carrier and hang them in pride of place, they look gorgeous even as part of the home decor!