- For other uses see: Blanket .
is a type of bedding
, generally speaking, a large piece of cloth, intended to keep the user warm, especially while sleeping
. Blankets are distinguished from sheet
by their thickness and purpose; the thickest sheet is still thinner than the lightest blanket. This is because blankets are for warmth, while sheets are for hygiene, comfort and aesthetics. Blankets are subdivided into many types, including quilts
, and comforters
, depending on their thickness, construction and/or fill material. Electric blankets
are heated by electricity
. Blankets were traditionally made of wool
because of wool's warmth, breathability and natural fire-retardant properties, while sheets were made of cotton
, which are less irritating to the skin. Nowadays, synthetic fibers
are frequently used for both. Throw blankets are smaller blankets, often in decorative colors and patterns, that can be used for extra warmth outside of bed. Blankets are sometimes used as comfort objects
by small children.
The term arose from the generalization of a specific fabric called Blanket fabric, a heavily napped
woolen weave pioneered by Thomas Blanket (Blanquette), a Flemish weaver who lived in Bristol
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