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Established in 1953, Aranda Textile Mills is the oldest blanket manufacturer in South Africa.

PROVIDING the Market's Highest Quality Blankets and Throws

Aranda is one of the leading blanket suppliers in the country. We have a large collection of quality blankets and throws which includes stylish and classic designs.

Our designs combined with the commitment to on-going product development, has enabled us to secure our place in the competitive global market.

All our blankets are produced using the highest quality standards, which is why Aranda is the producer of some of the finest furpile products in the world.

The superior surface effect finish of this product is unique to Aranda and it is what makes us stand out among the world's best.

Whether you want stylish throws in plain, check or textured designs, or looking for something warm, lush and comfy, Aranda Textiles will take care of all your blanket needs.

Striving For Growth

Our success is attributed to our innovative and aesthetic designs and superior quality of blankets which are available online. Whether you are looking for something unique for your hotel, or perhaps you want something comfy for your B&B or lodge,  Aranda will take care of all your blanket needs.

We are committed to the economic growth of our country, which is why every blanket from the raw fibre to the finished product is proudly made in South Africa.

Our quality is guaranteed and we welcome you to a blanket extravaganza like no other.

Our History

From Prato, Italy to Randfontein, South Africa - here is the story of how Aranda has transcended borders and language to bring you the best textiles in South Africa

Dr Rodolfo Magni, Founding Chairman of Aranda Textiles

A woven tale of heritage

Buongiorno, Dumelang, Hello and welcome to Aranda Textile Mills. This is the story of how different cultures have been woven together to create the Aranda brand, making it a household name in Southern Africa. We have a proud history in developing and producing a variety of quality blankets, throws and shawls since 1953. Our exquisite craftsmanship combined with our diverse backgrounds has enabled us to secure a place within the competitive global market. We are the fashion name in blankets and throws.

Mi piace l'italiano (I Like Italian)

Nestled in the heart of Tuscany at the foot of Monte Retaia, you will find the city of Prato, the textile capital of Italy. This was home to Aranda’s founding family, the Magni’s. It was here, five generations ago, that the Magni family’s first textile manufacturing plant was established. During World War II, before Germany pulled out of Italy they employed the scorched earth policy. This entailed placing bombs under the machinery in the factory; and before the family’s eyes, their livelihood, their future and all their hard work was blown to pieces.

Aranda Factory in the late 50's

South African troops, under the command of Colonel Arthur Aiken, occupied the remnants of the plant. Aiken, who was also the chairman of Barclays Bank South Africa, persuaded the Magni family to move to South Africa after the war to rebuild their future.

Now strangers in South Africa, the Magni’s sought a suitable piece of land where they could build their new textile factory. Dr Rodolfo Magni, who was a very insightful man, had the vision and foresight to purchase a large piece of land from a famer in Randfontein. This small mining town is situated due west of the city of Johannesburg. The property was located across from a French knitting yarn mill. Dr Magni knew that if this industrial area was good enough for the French it would be good enough for his family. The property was big enough for Aranda to grow from its humble beginnings into the modern plant that it is today, encompassing 11 acres under roof.

Crate By Crate

Dr Rodolfo and his two brothers, Mr Alberto and Mr Giulio Magni, both textile engineers, were a colourful, passionate and hardworking group of Italians. They started construction of the first Aranda factory buildings in 1951. The textile machinery arrived in large wooden crates and these crates were used to build the first offices. They toiled for 12-16 hours a day for two years before the first ever Aranda blankets were produced in 1953. From these humble beginnings the factory has expanded and grown into the business that it is today.

Aranda Factory Expansion in the 60's

Producing Cultural Quality

Aranda Textiles manufactures a number of different products. From blankets and throws, to traditional shawls and blankets, the range is incredibly diverse. But what was the first ever Aranda product? The Magni’s initially started by making woollen shawls as their expertise and Italian heritage as textile manufacturers lay in woollen fabrics. It was not long after the first shawls were made that Aranda started to manufacture traditional South African travelling rugs. These checked rugs with fringes on the top and bottom were durable and warm and made a trustworthy travelling companion on ones journey. The rugs are still manufactured by Aranda today and are appropriately named the Italiano.

As a result of their woollen expertise, the founding family saw a lucrative gap in the market and also began manufacturing woollen fabrics such as tweeds, course jacket and over-coat materials during the late 50’s and early 60’s.

The 70’s saw the arrival of man-made fibres into the mainstream market. During this era the price of wool was becoming increasingly expensive and the decision was made to diversify Aranda into the spinning and weaving of man-made fibre products. Soon thereafter the first acrylic fibre shawl was produced using regenerated acrylic fibre.

When the 80’s came around it brought with it the arrival of the first jacquard looms to Aranda. Design possibilities had suddenly become endless and this heralded the beginning of the acrylic fur-pile bed and wearing blanket era. The striking designs and bright colours took the market by storm.

In the mid-eighties Aranda had grown to a size where the Physical Planning Act forced them to open a second plant. Aranda took advantage of the decentralisation benefits and opened a factory in Isithebe, KwaZulu-Natal. The factory, Associated Spinners, focused on the spinning and dyeing of open-end yarn and is still an integral part of the Aranda group today.

Aranda is today, the only genuine fully vertical, manufacturer of blankets and throws in South Africa. This means all products are created from raw fibre to finished goods ready to be merchandised. Raw materials are sourced both locally and internationally. These are then spun into yarns, which are dyed, woven and finished in a variety of quality blankets and throws.

A Basotho Background

The Basotho people had a great love and respect for Queen Victoria and the Victoria England blanket has become a sought after status symbol. The Victoria England is the oldest of the Basotho blanket brands and includes many famous designs; for example the Badges of the Brave which was designed by Mr R.D. Shrubsole. He was inspired by the Basotho regiments who fought alongside the allies during World War II. The design features the various badges belonging to these regiments. 

What makes the Basotho blankets unique is the layout of the design, the various symbols used, the bold colour combinations and the characteristic pin-stripe. This stripe was originally a weaving fault which has become a unique part of the design and dictates how the blanket is worn. When worn in the traditional manner, the pin-stripe runs vertically symbolising growth. Traditionally Basotho blankets are manufactured from wool which offers protection from the wind and rain and provides warmth in the high altitude of The Mountain Kingdom.

Basotho Painting by Mr R.D. Shrubsol

Did You Know?

Upon the wall of the Aranda foyer is a painting by Mr R.D. Shrubsole, which has a wonderful and unique history.

During a procession through the British protected Basutoland, Princess Elizabeth (now Queen of England) instructed the Royal photographer to take a photograph of a Basotho man on the side of the road wearing the famous Victoria England blanket, the Badges of the Brave. In England in 1948 Shrubsole then interpreted this photograph into a massive painting, measuring 2 x 3 metres. It hung on the wall at Wormalds and Walker in England, who were the original producers of the Victoria England blanket. Frasers Limited, the then sole distributor of the Victoria England blanket, persuaded them to send the painting to South Africa. When Frasers was absorbed by Metro, the painting ended up in Lesotho. During the riots in Lesotho in the 80’s many stores were burnt down and the famous painting was damaged. For many years thereafter it lay neglected and abandoned. Fortunately, Tom Kritzinger, Aranda’s Head of Sales and Marketing, found the torn and tattered painting in a warehouse in Maseru and took it back to Aranda, where the Basotho blankets were now being produced. It took 9 months to restore the painting to its original glory.

In 2012 the British Museum in London had an exhibition on African textiles and the Basotho heritage brands featured prominently. The famous Victoria England and Seanamarena blankets were proudly on display. There is now a permanent exhibition at the British Museum of these two iconic Basotho blanket brands.

Exhibiting Excellence

Aranda’s story illustrates how the diversity of culture and heritage, combined with hard work and passion has created the unique range of products that are manufactured by Aranda today. We have an impressive showroom which not only tells the Aranda story but showcases our capabilities and diversity of products. There is a carousel on which 117 bed blankets are displayed and at the push of a button these blankets come spinning into view.

We are proud of where we have come from. We are proud to be where we are today. And most of all we are proud to call ourselves Aranda – The Fashion Name in Blankets!

Dr Rodolfo Magni, Mr Giulio Magni, Mr Moses Molete, Mr Alberto Magni. Three founding members with Aranda's first black manager.