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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 ...
Twill patterns are often used for saddle blankets because there is more wool per area than on traditional patterns. It's a difficult style to learn and takes many years to master.
This stunning blanket would have been folded in half to provide additional comfort for the horse. The twill style naturally creates "lazy" or sectional lines which wou...
This is simply a delightful handsome double saddle blanket. Woven around the turn of the last century, it's great - in condition, color, and quality.
This piece was woven from natural un-dyed Merino wool, and if you look closely you can see all of the "lazy" or section lines which were placed so that the blanket would conform nicely over the h...
Antique American Indian double saddle blanket. Woven during the earliest part of the 20th Century. All natural wool color with just a hint of light coral hi-lights which is probably from a vegetal dye. The native wool used in this weaving was hand carded, hand spun and hand dyed.
Beautiful wool was used in this primitive designed Native Amer...
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...
This colorful and fancy piece was woven using Germantown dyed wool. However, the white/ cream colored wool, is hand-spun native wool.
The fringe which accessorizes the back edge of the blanket indicates that this was a Sunday blanket, or one used on special occasions as the fringe could be easily worn away from the saddle rubbing on it.
Storm Pattern Pictorial
Storm Pattern weavings come in all shapes and sizes. This particular piece showcases a big strong black bull inside the central element. This is a rare example of the Storm Pattern.
Big bold confident red squares anchor each corner, with central red tipped arrows. The field of cream seems to be funneling the energy of the piece north and south...
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 top of the saddle to give the rider additional cushion, or rolled and tied behind the saddle to be admired.
The artist of this piece chose to do a two...
This seemingly simple double saddle blanket has a secret. It is not simple! Woven with several twill techniques, it is stunning! Start at the center of either of the diamonds.. all the way to the absolute center and you 'll appreciate the radiating diamond twill. Do you see it? Click on the image of the big diamond.
Look at the red bands....
Those who learn and master the very difficult style of Twill weaving are in a class by themselves. A Twill weave yields a different pattern on each side. Some weavers even weave a different design on each side. This outstanding Twill weave is from our private collection.
It is an incredible early example - woven in the 1880s - on an outdoor u...
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...