I would recommend if the person didn't mind line drying the blankets. I ordered two gray/anthracite blankets to cover the couch and keep the dog hair/slobber off it. The blankets are a darker gray than pictured. That's fine. They are thick, soft, and so far haven't pilled. I washed both and line dried before using, as instructed. It would have been helpful if that was mentioned in the product description under care instructions. Seeing that these will be used regularly, I would have preferred blankets that could be machine washed and dried.