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🔥 Antique Old Southwest Navajo Indian Blanket Rug, Geometric Cross Pattern '20s For Sale
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🔥 Antique Old Southwest Navajo Indian Blanket Rug, Geometric Cross Pattern '20s:
This is a beautiful and intricateAntique Old Southwest Navajo Indian Blanket Rug, comprised of finely woven wool, and depicting a geometric pattern with a Spider Woman's cross in the center. This piece likely dates to the 1920's - 1930's, and uses vegetal dyes, except for the red pigmentation, which is an early aniline dye. Approximately 31 1/4 x 52 inches. Good condition for age, with some light speckles of soiling, mild edge wear, and evidence of a couple old tribal repairs (please see photos.) Acquired from an old Pasadena, California family collection. If you like what you see, I encourage you to make an Offer. Please check out my other listings for more wonderful and unique artworks!
About this Artwork:
Before the turn of the century, the Navajo switched from making traditional Native American blankets to weaving thick, brilliantly colored rugs with hand-spun wool. This dramatic shift featured “eye dazzling” geometric shapes and color palettes never before seen in such a medium, giving birth to what is now known as theEye Dazzlerrug.
History of Eye Dazzler Rugs
Elaborate weavings boasting gorgeous jelly bean colors, Eye Dazzlers became one of the very first Navajo weaving styles beyond blankets and serapes. Between the change in hues and tones, geometric patterns, and even wool’s available for weaving, this groundbreaking rug style set the stage for weavings, tapestries and Navajo weaving expansion for more than a century.
Spirit Influences Freedom
Though not always considered the epicenter of the Navajo culture, Eye Dazzlers offer weavers the chance to express their individual artistry, freedom and ceremonial musings. Thus inspire those who purchase them to be influenced by the weavers infusion of spirit into their designs, creating a common bond with the artist and collector.
Bold, Complex Designs
Believe it or not, there is no word for “art” or “sacred” in the Navajo language (most likely because everything natural is artful and sacred to them), and yet, both words accurately describe both the form and function of the Eye Dazzler. In years’ past, the bright, tightly-woven yarns and intricate designs may have been predicated on the aesthetic preferences of traders; however, the Eye Dazzler of today embodies the early classic period so well that their intricate designs have been saleed off for up to $50,000!
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