Navajo Rug Circa 1900-1925, 21 inches by 19 inches, Ganado Red Textile Eye Dazzler Pattern
Circa 1900-1925 (19" X21") Navajo souvenir rug made by the Navajo Indian tribe in Northern Arizona and New Mexico. This small rug uses Germantown dyes which were brighter color dyes than the traditional natural Navajo dyes. The reds are the germantown dyes and the center is un-dyed natural wool and the dark brown is a natural dye. They call this “Ganado Red” as its a specific time period for rugs like these with bold designs and deep dark red colors. The pattern would be considered an eye dazzler because of its bold geometric forms and lines. These were made and sold to the early 1900’s tourist trade in places where the Santa Fe railroad would stop as this size was easy to sell through train car windows. The trains would stop at train stations for food and water while traveling near the Indian reservations and Navajo weavers would have stacks of these to sell to people on the trains. This is how some Navajo weavers made their living by selling small hand woven rugs.
Condition: It has stains and some broken threads but its a beautiful display piece and the small size makes it fit easily in a small showcase as well you could have this framed and put it up on the wall. It measures 21 inches wide by 19 inches tall. One side has more stains and spots see photos.
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