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Navajo Rug

Dublin Core

Title

Navajo Rug

Object

Crystal or 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

Grey weaving with horizontal bands of color, as well as diagonal patterns of checkered black and white, and serrate diamond motifs.

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

47'' Long

Dimension 2

31.5'' Wide

Object Date

Early to mid-Twentieth Century

Material

Wool, natural and synthetic yarns/dyes

Construction

Hand-woven on a vertical loom

Decoration

Woven pattern: Zones of dense geometric decoration, including stark diagonals and bold color contrasts, set apart by horizontal bands of solid color. Predominantly grey with some white, yellow, brown and black.

Maker

Desbah James

Maker Culture

Navajo

Collector

Elinor and Vincent Ostrom

Accession Number

2015-03-0178

Old Number

MM249.014, CAC#B-23, OC#61

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 Emily Condon and Arisa Shibagaki 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 item 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/822.