Red Mesa / Transitional : Historic : GHT 819
Oh the Red Mesa Navajo rugs hold a special place in collector's hearts, don't they? Classic and recognizable, this style is unique to the Navajo.
This Transitional piece is one of the earlier examples of this style and is a rare find. It was woven in the 1900-1910 period on an outdoor loom. It was brought to life only after the weaver had sheared, cleaned, carded, spun, and dyed the wool... all by hand. This process could take months before the wool ever touched the loom. Look at the stunning colors and how finely the wool was spun. The wool would have been spun over and over several times to achieve such a tight and consistent thread.
Expertly woven, the artist chose not to make it a symmetrical piece - or perhaps conditions didn't permit her to. The weaver was most likely weaving on her loom outside under a tree and possible had to finish the rug before the design was complete, packing up to follow the sheep or foreboding weather. Take a look at the central diamonds - especially the one at the top and the bottom. It's an interesting talking point to the piece.
It has been featured in the Navajo Textiles as Modern Art exhibit at Nizhoni Ranch Gallery (Mar 11 - June 30, 2017).
|Size||72" x 78"|
|Item #||GHT 819|
|Learn more about the Red Mesa style of weaving|
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A unique blend of history, Native American culture and storytelling make these weavings an art like no other.
To be showcased on your walls or grace your floors, this functional heirloom is one-of-a-kind piece of history that took 100's of hours to create and will last many lifetimes. We'd love to tell you more about it!