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    Posted 5 years ago

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    Wondering if anyone can identify if this is Navajo made and if so, what the pattern name might be. Measures about 36 x 44, wool, mustard yellow colors, tight weave found at auction. Seems to be in good condition , don't know how old though portrayed as from 1960's. Like it no matter what, just would love more info on it. Thank you all,

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    1. CanyonRoad, 5 years ago
      It does appear to be a Navajo rug. It would help if you had a clear closeup photo of a corner and the edge of the rug, but from what I can see, it looks authentic.

      There is no name for the pattern. Each Navajo rug is a unique, one-of-a-kind creation of the weaver. While regional "styles" have developed, generally centered around traditional trading post areas of the reservation (Two Grey Hills, Chinle, Teec Nos Pos, Wide Ruins, for example) there really are no pattern names, with the exception of the Storm Pattern.

      The majority of the rugs made, including this one, are simply called "General Rugs," meaning they can't be identified as coming from a particular region, nor do they fit into a category (pictorial, sandpainting, Gallup throw, yei, or yeibchai).

      It's a common misconception that Navajo rugs have pattern names, and some weavers and traders have even come up with some imaginative names to satisfy tourists and buyers, but the simple fact is that every rug is a combination of the individual weaver's skill, imagination, and interpretation of cultural tradition.
    2. retreads, 5 years ago
      Thank you, will try to forward better photos. I have been doing some reading and it seems that there are counts of warp and weft per inch, have no idea. Just find this to be tightly woven and unfamiliar with the colors used, more used to seeing brighter colors. Wondering how old it may actually be and truly appreciate your help.
    3. CanyonRoad, 5 years ago
      Since all Navajo rugs are made for sale, to tourists and/or collectors, the market generally drives the styles, colors, and designs that are popular and therefore most likely to sell. So when the rug was made can often be roughly dated by the colors used. I'd say based on the muted colors used here, this most likely dates to the 1970s.
    4. Tlynnie1942 Tlynnie1942, 5 years ago
      I love this!

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