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Valero (eight-pointed pinwheel) stars are recognized as an element of the "Crystal" style of weaving.
The weaver used Valero stars in this bold and confident Single Saddle Blanket - which would have been lain flat across the horse instead of doubled over as is done with Double Saddle Blankets. The weaver incorporated a number of "lazy lines" to...
The art of weaving Twill patterns is fascinating. The weaver of this piece chose to use a herringbone pattern on this Single Saddle Blanket piece.
From the 1880s and forward, weavers would almost always use Twill as the style for weaving saddle blankets as it would create a thicker finished piece. Fancier designs would sometimes be worn on t...
Woven for a Navajo saddle to be used as a saddle throw, adorning the top of the saddle for extra padding and show.
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. The designs in this piece tell us it's from the Teec Nos Pos area of the reservation. Look at the "...
Navajo double saddle blanket with just a hint of color. Hand carded hand spun and all natural color native wool. The more you inspect this piece, the more beautiful it becomes, with it's highly variegated brow wool border.
As a double saddle blanket this piece would have been folded in half to provide extra padding for the horse's back.
This Single Saddle Blanket was woven in 1920 using hand carded, hand spun and hand dyed Lincoln wool. It has a classic Teec Nos Pos greek key border.
This is a fun one with burnt orange and navy blue, perhaps this cowboy was an Auburn University fan!
30″ x 32″ (.73M x ...
Navajo double saddle blanket with a very graphic design. Hand carded, hand spun and hand dyed native wool. The more you inspect this piece, the more beautiful it becomes, with it's highly variegated brown wool field.
From the Crystal area. This Navajo rug has all natural wool except red and black which are over dyed. JB Moore design eleme...
This weaving is hand spun, hand carded Native wool, with natural wool colors and aniline red, possibly from a Western Reservation. Beautifully variegated wool colors with both brown and grey.
31″ x 31″ (0.79M x 0.79M)
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This antique Navajo double saddle blanket is hand carded, hand spun wool, possible Churro. Wonderfully landscaped center single window pane. Many lazy lines to make this saddle blanket contour to the horses back.
31″ x 52″
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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.
This small Navajo weaving definitely tells a story as the mohair wool was unevenly spun and is highly va...
This Single Saddle Blanket was woven early in the 20th century using hand carded, hand spun and hand dyed native wool. Natural wool color and vegetal dyes were used. The weaver created and interesting center field using brown warp and allowing it to show through and give the look of pepper. Adding to the artistic flair the unknown weaver used ...