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Sunday Saddle Blanket or 2 in 1 Sampler. This small Germantown weaving would have been woven for a display piece or to throw over a saddle to provide extra padding. Possibly a tourist item that was sold at a Harvey House.
Two original fringe and tassels. Whirling log symbols are for well-being and good luck.
The Navajo were rounded up by Kit ...
Navajo Master Weaver sent us the 1st view of a Navajo rug she has on the loom.
This one is very exciting! An Optical/Eye Dazzler on the outside(lighting) and the center is filled with important imagery to the Navajo, A Yei and birds(messangers from the gods) and the beginning of a corn stalk.
We think this weaving will be about 4' x 6' when...
Frances Begay has finished this usual weaving. Just arrived at the Gallery!!! Hot off the loom.
This Churro rug is a twist on the classics, with an asymmetrical design it is sure to please. Frances is combining modern art with traditional form to create an unique masterpiece, it is a Blue Canyon Design. On the floor or wall this will be th...
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.
The Navajo were rounded up by Kit Carson and led to Bosque Redondo where they were held prisoner from 1863-1868. Referred to as “the Long Walk”. Navajos lived in very harsh conditions, but were the only Native American Tribe that were able to return to their homeland. Headman Manuelito went to Bosque to negotiate their release in 1868.
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 weaving is an Optical Double Saddle Blanket. It is made with natural dyes, and the wool is a Mohair blend.
The design in this optical blanket resembles a rolling block quilting pattern by introducing missionaries to the Navajo.
This weaving was part of an Exhibition showing at the Tucson Desert Art Museum January 4 2017 to April 30 2017. P...
Optical Art Crystal Transitional blanket. Woven with Merino wool using aniline red dye. Woven more like a blanket instead of a rug, this optical textile is a transitional weaving. Between 1895 and 1905, Navajos made the switch from weaving primarily blankets to rugs.
This weaving was part of an Exhibition showing at the Tucson Desert Art Muse...
Optical Navajo Rug, Lincoln wool with over dyed grey and natural wool color. Until the 1930's, crystal rugs were bordered with a central design woven in natural colors along with some use of red. Hand-carded, hand-spun, hand-dyed wool.
More recently Steve has concluded that this most likely was woven in the Bistie Area due to the over dyed gre...
This gorgeous chevron pattern Optical Navajo Rug weaving was brought to life using hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand-dyed Lincoln wool. The beautiful gray is testimony to the expert carding in creating a lovely salt and pepper mix.
40" x 64"
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Woven by a contemporary master weaver this horse Pictorial is inspired by an 1880's Germantown Pictorial Saddle Blanket. The elongated image of the horse may have been taken from nearby petroglyphs. Hand dyed Navajo Churro wool.
The weaving is part of our Exclusive Churro collection and has been featured in the Painting with Wool exhibit ...
The weaving is part of our Exclusive Churro collection and has been featured in the Navajo Textiles as Modern Art exhibit and catalog. Woven It was borne of 100% hand-dyed Native Churro wool. The natural variegation give movement to the rich browns and solemn grays like ripples in the water.
Won 3rd place at the 2016 Gallup Inter-Tribal India...
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...
This is a favorite from our personal collection! Woven in the 1900s this unusual Crystal-style Optical piece has a beautiful hand-carded, hand-spun Merino wool natural light brown "background" of four hooks. A central band showcases the weaving comb/fork used by Navajo weavers in black and red.
One of the most challenging aspects when weaving...
One of the things that make Navajo weavings so great is how they are interpreted. For example when some see this piece they feel a connection to the art by MC Escher. Others see as simply gorgeous art which stands alone in its individual beauty.
This handsome piece of loom art was brought to life in the 1920s using hand-carded and hand-spun L...
Germantown yarn (from Germantown Pennsylvania) was first introduced to the Navajo at Bosque Redondo, so the women would have some material to weave their highly prized rugs. The Navajo Indians were allowed to return to their reservation (1868), where the weavers continued to use the popular Germantown yarns because they liked working with the va...
220This weaving is part of an Exhibition showing at the Tucson Desert Art Museum January 4 2017 to May 30 2017 – If purchased prior to /or during the Exhibition, the weaving will be available for delivery, as soon as possible, after the May 30, 2017
The beautiful brown in this weaving is derived from Mountain Mahogany root. It's an antique opt...
When you look through all of the weavings the first thing you notice is how each one is unique, individual, and has a singular story.
This is a gorgeous transitional piece from the 1900s, woven from all natural native Churro wool. The natural variegation of the brown/gray wool look like wood - as if it had been a log which had been sawed in hal...
This weaving is part of an Exhibition showing at the Tucson Desert Art Museum January 4 2017 to May 30 2017 – If purchased prior to /or during the Exhibition, the weaving will be available for delivery, as soon as possible, after the May 30, 2017
Everyone likes optical illusions. This weaver created a bold and impressive design in the 1940s us...
This weaving is part of Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles April 5,2019 - September 29,2019 at the Heard Museum
This weaving was part of an Exhibition showing at the Tucson Desert Art Museum January 4, 2017 to April 30, 2017
Optical designs in weavings are so fascinating. They require a very skilled weaver to create a weaving of su...
This weaving is part of an Exhibition showing at the Tucson Desert Art Museum January 4 2017 to May 30 2017.
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. This is an Antique Navajo Double Saddle Blanket from the 1940s. It's woven in an unusual double twill - 2 faced. Check out the photos to see the weaving in detail.
Twill patterns are often used for...
This early piece from the 1920s was woven using Lincoln wool and measures 2'10" x 4'4". It's point of focus is of a cluster of tumbling blocks with key points being the thin lines in the blocks and the corner designs which add depth, and highlight. It's extremely difficult to create straight lines when weaving. This rug was woven by a masterful ...
Each year at the Gallup Ceremonial, the Joe Ben Wheat Award is given for Exceptional Design. Joe Ben Wheat (1916-1997) was famous for his expert knowledge on Navajo blankets and weavings. To be honored with this award is very special. We're pleased that the award was given to Cecelia Nez' Innovative Design weaving which was inspired by abstract ...