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Object ID Number SAM 1943.24
Object Name Rug
Title Rug
Date 20th Century
Culture American, Navajo
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Charles Russell
Exhibit Label This Navajo rug was woven by hand on a loom with pre-stretched warps, each strand of color being individually pulled over and under by hand to create its pattern. After the string is interwoven, wooden combs with long thin teeth are used to pack the woven rows down into place.

The Navajo have a long tradition of weaving that has evolved over time and is still practiced to this day. Styles of Navajo textiles are grouped in chronological periods, this piece, fittingly, being from the Rug Period (1895-1950). During this time, Navajo rugs became popular tourist and trade items, and were still created using traditional weaving methods and incorporating traditional designs. It is interesting to note how vibrant the colors are. Navajo rugs were traditionally woven using different natural shades of wool with few vegetable dyes, but early in the 20th century weavers began to experiment with more vibrant vegetable and even chemical dyes. By the mid 20th century, tastes had returned to a more traditional look and colors became more natural and muted again. This was created in that experimental window of time.
Medium Wool
Image size 28 1/2" H x 57" W
Currently on view No
Subjects Navajo
Rug
Diamond
Pattern
Tapestry