Navajo Rug

H-0-37 Large Navajo area rug.

The Navajo are an Athabaskan speaking people belonging to the Nadene linguistic family and refer to themselves as the “Dene” which means “the people”. Like their close relations, the Apache, they migrated in ancient times from the far northern Canadian interior into what is now the southwestern United States. They have the largest reservation in the country, which is also their traditional homeland, encompassing parts of southeast Utah, northeast Arizona and northwest New Mexico.

The Navajo first learned to weave from the Pueblo peoples and originally obtained their sheep from the Spanish settlers either in trade or from raiding. There are three basic periods to Navajo weaving, the classic blanket period (1800-1870), the transitional period (1870-1895) and the rug period (1895- present). This large area rug is most likely from the eastern part of the Navajo reservation in New Mexico where rugs were most often made in all natural wool colors (Two Grey Hills being the most famous of these eastern trading post regions).

This heavy duty floor rug measures 111 inches long by 61 inches wide. Circa 1940. $4,500.00