I love my bed. Everything on it is soft and comforting. Since my husband died last year, this has become extremely important to me. Transforming our bed into my own space helps me move forward away from grief. I've put alot of thought into the fabrics for this new space. Especially my blanket. It had to be a "binkie" (security blanket) in both feel and material.
Pure cotton is a healthy, sleep promoting and breathable material, making it perfect for bedding. The trouble with most cotton blankets is that they are lightweight, prone to shrinkage and thin. The Charisma blanket is in a class by itself. Thick hefty and warm it snuggles around you in the coldest weather. It is a beautiful blanket with a cabled design and perfectly finished edges. With proper care it will last for years.
This "binkie" washes beautifully. I use warm water and a mild detergent along with scented fabric softener. Because it's so heavy, drying can take more than one cycle on warm. It doesn't shrink, but it can stretch, so care must be taken when making the bed to not tug on the material too hard. It shouldn't be necessary as these are luxury oversized blankets with a generous extra 6 inch drape to fit todays oversized mattresses.
Charisma has created a whole line of bedding designed to fit 18-20 inch thick mattresses like mine. Their blankets are so pretty, you wouldn't be afraid to fold your quilt or comforter down to show them. There's nothing rough or coarse about the cotton used to make these, nor is there anything to catch or snag on. This is a common problem with lighter, less expensive cotton blankets. The open weave often catches on rings or the occasional fingernail. The binding is just as soft and smooth as the body of the blanket, unlike the others, which often have thicker rougher edging.
There is a sheen to Charisma blankets that seems to invite you to climb in and cuddle with a good book. I know it has made my bed into a warm and cuddly place, helping me move beyond a truly terrible loss. Can a mere blanket do all that? You betcha!