The genuine Hudson's Bay Point Blanket is not only unmatched in its craftsmanship and durability, but also has a heritage and authenticity without peer. Double bed size, our 4 point blankets are 72" x 90" and weigh 6 pounds. The 4 point blanket will make a fine capote, up to Men's coat size 42 long.
The Hudson's Bay Company was chartered by King Charles II of England in 1670. This Royal Charter granted rights to "sole trade and commerce" in the vast wilderness, now known as Canada.
Point blankets were highly prized trading commodities for Indians. The points became known as the barter price, in prime beaver pelts. Thus four beaver pelts were exchanged for a four point blanket.
French Canadian voyageurs adopted much of the Indian dress, including the "Point" blanket coat, or "capote". At one time it was possible to determine the home of a voyageur by the color of his blanket coat. Those from the Montreal district wearing blue coats, those from Quebec wore red, and those from Three Rivers wore the multi-stripe.
Today, points are still woven into the blankets as an historical reference, and to indicate the size of the blanket. Woven in England, from selected wools, the Hudson's Bay Point Blankets are made to exacting specifications, as they were over 300 years ago.