Dublin Core




Dates: 1910-1915
Size: 216 x 132 cm; 7 warps(comma) 24 wefts
Description: This rug was bought in 1915 at the Crystal Trading Post. The Crystal Trading Post was run by John B. Moore starting in 1897. He incorporated a new marketing technique that introduced Anglo-American customers to Navajo weaving through mail order catalogues. Each catalogue had a series of weaving patterns(comma) sizes(comma) qualities(comma) and colors from which the customer could choose. Although rugs were based on the catalogue patterns(comma) no two designs were ever the same. The Old Crystal type of weaving broke with traditional Navajo designs and incorporated popular Near Eastern rug motifs(comma) including adding borders and incorporating a central motif. Also characteristic of the Old Crystal style is a more muted color scheme(comma) with the incorporation of only red and touches of blue for bright colors. This example is based on a catalogue plate [#XXIV] from 1911 and is made of handspun wool with natural(comma) aniline(comma) and carded colors to create white(comma) black(comma) red(comma) and tan.




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