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Blanket or Rug

A work made of wool, dovetailed tapestry weave; twined edges; corner knotted tassel; two selvages present.
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  • A work made of wool, dovetailed tapestry weave; twined edges; corner knotted tassel; two selvages present.

Date:

c. 1900 (Transitional Period)

Artist:

United States, Arizona, Navajo (Diné), Ganado area

About this artwork

This blanket or rug displays many of the characteristics of Navajo weavings 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 for display in their homes. Weavers also could sell their work through traders who would make suggestions on colors and designs in response to market trends. The design of this work is bold and straightforward, presenting two interlocking medallions running vertically down the central axis, framed by double interlocking fencing. The artist used limited color palette that is a striking departure from the Navajo weavers’ earlier vibrant "Eye Dazzler" blankets.

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Arts of the Americas

Culture

Navajo (Diné)

Title

Blanket or Rug

Origin

United States

Date

1895–1905

Medium

Wool, dovetailed tapestry weave; twined edges; corner knotted tassel; two selvages present

Dimensions

218.5 x 140.5 cm (86 x 55 1/4 in.) Warp repeat: 104-110.5 cm (41-43 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph W. Fell

Reference Number

1999.582

Extended information about this artwork

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