Skip to Content
Today Open today 10–11 members | 11–5 public

Blanket or Rug

A work made of wool, dovetailed tapestry weave; twined edges and ends.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • A work made of wool, dovetailed tapestry weave; twined edges and ends.


c. 1900


Navajo (Diné)
Ganado area, Arizona, United States

About this artwork

This blanket or rug displays many of the characteristics of Navajo weaving made at the turn of the previous century. During this period, Navajo artists were working in an increasingly commercial environment, with many of their weavings destined for non-Indian buyers. Weavers also could sell their work through traders who would make suggestions on colors and designs in response to market trends. The bold rows of linked crosses are formed using only two colors against a variegated gray background—a limited palete that is a striking departure from the Navajo weavers’ earlier vibrant “Eye Dazzler” blankets. The unusually large size of this textile suggests that it was woven for a specific purpose or location.


Currently Off View




Navajo (Diné)


Blanket or Rug


Navajo (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

Made 1895–1905


Wool, dovetailed tapestry weave; twined edges and ends


308 × 157.5 cm (121 1/4 × 62 in.); Warp repeat: H.: 47 cm (18 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph W. Fell

Reference Number


IIIF Manifest  The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) represents a set of open standards that enables rich access to digital media from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions around the world.

Learn more.

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.


Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions