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1st Phase Chief Blankets are characterized by simple horizontal stripes.
Judy Marianito has finished her 1st Phase Chief Blanket and it's here at the gallery!
Woven like a Classic Chief Blanket it has the handle of a true blanket weave. Just three colors, indigo blue, ivory and a variegated brown, with a slight line of cochineal.
Navajo weaver Judy Marianito just finished weaving this unique 1st Phase Chief Blanket. It is woven like a classic Chief Blanket it has the handle of a true blanket weave. Narrow cochineal red and Indigo blue stripes are highlighted with a thick black band. The ivory banding adds to the over all effect. Truly special.
Lucie Marianito has woven a 1st Phase Chief blanket using Churro wool dyed with natural Indigo and cochineal. Woven as a classic chief blanket, this master weaver talent shines through.
This weaving is featured in our "Master Weavings of the Navajo Churro Collection" Exhibit at Nizhoni Ranch Gallery, March 2019 and the "Master Weavings of the...
Jalucie Marianito's 2nd Phase Chief blanket variant, using Churro wool dyed with natural Indigo and cochineal. The zig zag elements are very creative and give this fine blanket movement.
52" x 66" (4'4" x 5'6")
1st Place and a Special Award: ...
Julia Upshaw has woven this 2nd Phase Chief blanket using Churro wool dyed with natural Indigo and cochineal. Woven as a classic chief blanket, master weaver Julia's talent shines through.
47" x 65" (3'11" x 5'5")
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Trading Posts on the Navajo Reservation began with government oversight. The rules which allowed for trade on the reservation were strict. A bond of $10,000 was required up front and a license was only granted to US Citizens who could demonstrate exceptional character. In 1868 three initial licenses were granted to conduct trade with the Nava...
85 years young, Master Weaver Kathy Marianito is always busy at her loom! She just finished a 3rd phase Chief Blanket variant. As always with Kathy, this blanket will be finely woven. 100% hand dyed Churro wool, Indigo and Cochineal was used during the dye process.
Steve with Kathy and her husband - December 2015
3rd Phase Chief Bl...
Lucie Marianito is one of our favorite weavers. This gorgeous 3rd Phase Navajo Chief Blanket was woven using native Churro sheep wool. The central panel is filled with color and life. The variegations in the indigo and brown colors make this piece very special and one of a kind.
Third Phase Chief Blankets are recognized by their design, which...
If you love Lucie Marianito's work, you will love this 3rd Phase Chief blanket! Steve picked up this gorgeous piece on his way to Ceremonial to be judged with all of the others. Lucie used all natural dyes: Indigo Blue, Cochineal Red, and Rabbit Brush Yellow to create this Masterpiece woven with Native Churro wool.
The judges were very pleased w...
Chief blankets weren't just for men, they could be for women as well. Just like this gorgeous piece woven by Master weaver Elaine Upshaw!
Woven of native Churro wool, the colors and design in this piece are just spectacular! This weaving is from our exclusive Churro Collection.
Wearables: Manta, Serape, Child
Rare Bistie Style Double Saddle Blanket with some natural dyes. Attributed to Daisy Shorty. From the personal Getzwiller Collection. Hand-carded, hand-spun, hand-dyed wool.
Bistie translates to Badlands by the Navajo. This design was recently recognized as its own distinctive style. It's characterized as having a strong central pattern and mu...
This pristine Hero Twin Pictorial is vibrant and unusual. Attached with a lead seal is the original certificate of authenticity. This paper tag was attached to all Navajo rugs beginning in 1937. It stated for the consumer that the product was a Navajo all-wool woven fabrics and was used by the government as a certificate of genuineness. We...
This weaving is part of an Exhibition showing at the Tucson Desert Art Museum January 4 2017 to April 30 2017 – If purchased prior to /or during the Exhibition, the weaving will be available for delivery, as soon as possible after April 30, 2017
Wow! Would you look at the color explosion in this amazing weaving?! The size tells us that this ...
This vibrant Navajo Half Dress panel is from the 1890-1900s. It is in all original condition with side ties evident. It was woven with both 4 ply Germantown yarn and raveled American flannel (Red), Blue is Germantown and the brown is natural handspun. It is well woven.
Wearables: Manta, Serape, Child
This vintage 1900s weaving with Hero Twins is from the Crystal area. All wool was hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand-dyed.
Important to the Navajo emergence story are the Hero Twins - Monster Slayer who represents protective, impulsiveness and aggressive behavior, and Born of Water - representative of care, caution, preparedness.
This lovely runner is from the 1930s and has an unusual interlocking Arts & Crafts chain border.
Woven with beautiful gray, black, white, and red wool, the artist chose to use split diamonds as the focal element of this piece.
45″ x 104″ (3'9" x 8'8") (1.16M x 2.62M)
Made in the 1910's from hand-spun, hand-dyed Merino sheep wool, this is a great example of a mixed style. The corn, feathers, and arrows push it into the pictorial style.
The central design is connected to each of the corner shapes which lends itself to the Storm pattern, The oriental styled hooks in the design and border patterns give influenc...
This piece has so much action and energy! It was brought to life in the 1920s. And was very likely woven by the same master weaver who created GHT 2241 shown here:
The Storm Pattern has four corner identical corner shapes which all join a central square/rectangle/diamond by some manner.
Let's take a closer look at this piece. Start first wit...
JB Moore's Crystal Trading Post can be attributed to many beautiful Navajo weaving designs. When you look through the JB Moore Navajo Weaving catalogs that he published in 1903 and 1911 you can see bits and pieces of several design elements which have been incorporated into this incredible work of art. This one was woven during the Transitiona...
For this weaving, we present a historic Crystal Runner made of native wool and Mohair wool and is a variant of JB Moore's 1911 Plate XIX. (see photo) The hook handles at the top and bottom of each design, the notches on the sides, and the inner saw tooth border. Weaver's would, at times, use the JB Moore patterns as guidelines and create stunnin...
Contemporary hand woven Crystal Navajo rug was woven by Master weaver Geraldine Phillips. This intricate American Indian weaving incorporates the chain link element introduced to the Crystal area by J.B. Moore
Navajo weaver Geraldine Phillips who is known for her large rugs has woven a slightly smaller rug this time. Just off the loom is a 4'...
This gorgeous weaving is a Transitional possibly woven in the Two Grey Hills or Crystal area, but definitely was woven by a gifted artist using native, natural colored Churro wool. The dark designs were woven using lovely variations of dark brown and black wool, while the amazing background was woven using lighter brown and gray wool. It is cur...
This intriguing piece is from the 1900s and is in excellent condition! Made from natural, natural color Churro wool which has been hand carded and hand spun. It would have taken the weaver several months to prepare the wool before it even touched the loom.
This piece has several mysteries in the design. Can you find them all? The beautiful...
In the mid 1940s the borderless, vegetal designs became established as the Crystal style. This area's style of weaving of today is sometimes confused with the Wide Ruins and Chinle area banded design rugs.
One area of distinction is the more extensive use of the natural wool colors with the vegetal tones. The combination is very pleasing to th...
This is an extremely well woven Crystal weaving with an handsome optical design. Using hand-carded, finely-spun, and hand-dyed Merino-cross wool, the artist behind this piece created a piece of art that you can sit back and get lost in for hours. The variegation, the design, the pattern, the colors... everything comes together in a dramatic w...
Beautiful antique Navajo weaving was woven with Lincoln wool using aniline dyes, featuring red, orange, brown and grey floating diamond motif, making a very dramatic statement. Possibly from the Teec Nos Pos area.
This weaving was part of an Exhibition showing at the Tucson Desert Art Museum January 4 2017 to April 30 2017. Please look at the D...
Considered a Late Classic Transitional Double Saddle Blanket. Hand carded, hand spun Native wool with aniline dyes and Brazil wood brown. The brown in this diagonally woven twill textile is Brazil wood, a dye that was only available in the Rio Grande area.
This piece was likely woven by the same Navajo weaver as PC-248.
This weaving is part of...
Beautiful rich color pallet, expertly woven. It's amazing how the weaver is able to keep track of the counting while bringing the piece to life so that all lines and colors are done correctly. Selena Yazzie is an expert and creates award winning weavings.
This 4' x 6' piece is being woven from Churro wool and the colors are just beautiful! Blue...
This exquisite piece is a Ganado - Klagetoh design from the Hubble Trading Post. The Master weaver responsible for this piece had a keen eye for color, pattern, and symmetry. Every design element works together perfectly - from the angles of the stepped border to the wonderful sawtooth central belted diamonds.
Ganado - Klagetoh
Masterfully woven with Lincoln wool, this weaving says so much without a lot of noise. The red pulls you in and the design dazzles you with its beauty. Measuring 5' x 8' this piece would make a bold statement in your home or office!
Ganado - Klagetoh
59″ x 96″ (1.4914M x2.43M)
This spectacular weaving impressed the judges at the 2011 Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial. It was awarded First Place in the Large Rug category!
Won 1st Place at the 2011 Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial.
This weaving is featured in our "Master Weavings of the Navajo Churro Collection" Exhibit at Nizhoni Ranch Gallery, March 2019 and the "M...
Elsie shares, "My favorite designs are Burntwater, Wide Ruin, Ganado Red and Teec Nos Pos. Weaving rugs is a Navajo tradition and it is passed down by my family, and I Love to weave. It is my only income and it helps me a lot. I enjoy doing my work. It takes lots of time, not only to weave but all of the math and counting. I just love wha...