Navajo Rug

I-M-95 Very finely woven Navajo Ganado region 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 is a Navajo rug from the Ganado trading post area. Ganado is famous for its rugs with red backgrounds or deep red designs. This large and elaborate example was woven by Rita Claw, from Blue Gap, Arizona and was made about 1975.

It is quite finely woven given its large size and measures 88 inches long by 62 1/2 inches wide. $6,750.00