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Navajo Rug

Dublin Core

Title

Navajo Rug

Object

Wide Ruins Style Rug

Native Name

Dah'iistł'ó refers to both the process of weaving on a loom, and its products.

Nomenclature Category

2: FURNISHINGS

Nomenclature Classification Term

Floor Covering

Culture

Navajo

Brief Description

Beige weaving with a dark border that features a saw-tooth pattern along vertical edges. Repeated diamond design adorns its surface in salmon, black, and yellow.

Use

Do/De: Navajo woven textiles originated as clothing, but are most often used today as floor coverings, or hung on walls as decorative objects.

Dimension 1

58'' Long

Dimension 2

31.5'' Wide

Material

Wool, natural and synthetic yarns, vegetable dyes

Construction

Hand-woven on a vertical loom: basic tapestry weave

Decoration

Woven pattern including black and/or indigo border with saw-tooth decoration along the vertical sides and a double-bar on top and bottom. Nested, brightly colored diamonds repeat vertically across the rug's face.

Maker Culture

Navajo

Collector

Elinor and Vincent Ostrom

Accession Number

2015-03-0181

Old Number

MM249.017, CAC#B-29

Locale

Southwestern United States

State

Arizona/New Mexico

Country

United States of America

Continent

North America

Comments Object History

Bequest from Elinor and Vincent Ostrom

Cataloging History

Catalogued by Arisa Shibagaki and Emily Condon in 2013

Rights Holder

This item is from the collections of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. Please contact the museum for use rights.

Subject

FLOOR COVERING:

Provenance

This object is from the collections of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

Collection

Citation

“Navajo Rug,” IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Digital Exhibits, accessed December 9, 2022, http://dlib.indiana.edu/omeka/mathers/items/show/818.