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Woven for a Navajo saddle to be used as a saddle throw, adorning the top of the saddle for extra padding and show. The designs in this piece tell us it's from the Teec Nos Pos area of the reservation.
26" x 23"
Learn more about Navajo woven Saddle Blankets
Woven to be used as a single saddle blanket, the weaver hand-carded, hand-spun and hand dyed mohair wool. Rainbow bars are orange, red and lime green with a hint of natural grey wool. Orange animal figures might be horses or maybe bears.
26″ x 39″
This is a fabulous example of a Double Saddle blanket. Woven with all naturally colored Merino wool, the weaver incorporated many lazy lines in this piece. The weaver has created a beautiful optical landscape design.
These lines also serve a very useful purpose in saddle blankets as the act as "hinges" and allow the blanket to conform better...
Some saddle blankets were woven to be used only on special occasions. They were known as Sunday Saddle Blankets.
This particular saddle blanket would be an extra special Sunday Saddle Blanket.
Most saddle blankets were woven with a plain center as no one would see it. It was a way to conserve the more expensive dyed wool. BUT the weaver who ...
This is certainly a handsome double saddle blanket. Hand carded hand spun and all natural native wool. Wonderfully landscaped center double window pane. All Natural wool colors, hand carded and hand spun native wool.
The more you inspect this piece, the more beautiful it becomes. As a double saddle blanket this piece would have been folded i...
This is a wonderful example of a Fancy Sunday Double Saddle blanket from the 1900s. The main body is woven with all naturally colored Merino wool, an artistic salt and pepper, brown and white not the typical black and white. The colors of the valero star and yellow highlights are from Germantown yarn.
This is a double saddle blanket from the Crystal Area was featured in the Navajo Textiles as Modern Art exhibit held at Nizhoni Ranch Gallery March 11 - June 30 2017. Check out Navajo Textiles as Modern Art catalog on page 28.
The rider would fold it in half under the saddle to provide extra padding and comfort to the horse. The "lazy" or sect...
This Native American Rug was handwoven in the style of an over-sized saddle blanket. Horse and cow head centered in the brown field, surrounded by very even fret work. Woven using hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand-dyed native wools. This weaving was part of the Painting with Wool exhibit and is the catalog by that name.