Swatches and blankets are what clothiers depend on to choose neckties for the coming season. When the cloth is not yet woven, either the combination of an existing swatch and colored threads (top right), or a blanket (lower right) are used to visualize the new combinations. Click on the photo to enlarge it.
Clockwise, from the upper left:
-Orange dots on navy repp silk
-Navy grenadine that will have light blue and mid-brown stripes
-A blanket of gray and ivory
-Gray, navy and brown striped cashmere
-Navy, dark green and pink wool tartan
There are four colorways on the blanket (only two are visible). The tones at the left of the blanket differ from those on the right.