Navajo Rug with Mythological Birds and Feathers

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This Navajo rug is a pictorial masterpiece of extraordinary Diné weaver talent. The white center section contains four exquisite mythological birds. Each bird was executed in dark brown wool. Below each bird's tail are parallel bars of light gray and dark red. At each end of the white panel is a snowflake design.

If one uses a little imagination, the border designs reveal themselves to be bird related as well. Between the bird feathers, it is easy to speculate that the alternating designs are block versions of birds. The border is a beautiful shade of red, the only aniline dye used in the textile.

A useful way of remembering which is warp and which is weft is: 'one of them goes from weft to wight'.

Warp and Weft: In weaving, the weft is the term for the yarn, which is drawn through, inserted over-and-under, the lengthwise warp yarns that are held in tension on a frame or loom to create cloth. Warp is the lengthwise or longitudinal thread in a roll, while weft is the transverse thread. The weft is a thread usually made of spun fiber. The original fibers used were wool or cotton. Because the weft does not have to be stretched on a loom in the way that the warp is, it can generally be less strong. The weft is threaded through the warp using a "shuttle." -Wikipedia


Condition: very good condition. Just above the head of the two-tone bird is a section that has possibly been repaired
Provenance: this Navajo Pictorial Rug is from a Santa Fe resident who purchased it in the early 1970s from Rick Dillingham and Joe Carr when they shared a business in Santa Fe.

Provenance: this Navajo Rug with Mythological Birds and Feathers is from a Santa Fe resident who purchased it in the early 1970s from Rick Dillingham and Joe Carr when they shared a business in Santa Fe.

Recommended Reading: Rodee, Marian E. One Hundred Years of Navajo Rugs, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque

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Weaver Unknown
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