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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.
If you look closely you can see the Mountains in the design. This blanket would have been folded in half to provide additional padding between the saddle and the horse.
This fancy single saddle was woven using Churro wool in the Crystal/ Two Grey hills area, and was created for a Navajo saddle. It has an extremely unusual rounded woven back, whirling log motif, and all natural wool colors.
2'3″ x 2'5″
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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.
This piece is hand spun, hand carded Nativ...
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...
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...
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 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...
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 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 ...