We have been collecting and dealing in Navajo weavings for many, many years, but have never encountered a piece like this one. This completely hand-spun/hand woven rug is made with a pallet of natural colors of cream, brown, and black. What makes it so unusual is the Peyote Bird located in the center of the weaving. The Peyote Bird has had significance in Native American religions and culture for many years. Eventually, it became associated with the American Indian Church. The Peyote Bird icon has been used extensively in jewelry designs. This is the only time we have ever seen it woven into a rug, or weaving, as the dominant design.
The rug measures about 32 inches by 53 ½ inches, and is slightly out of rectangular. The condition is generally good although there is some light soiling. The worst of the soiling appears as a series of spots that run down the side of the bird's tail in the cream colored area. We have not been able to identify the type of soiling. We have tried to photograph that area carefully in order to give a good sense of the stain. There are a few other spots and some areas where the underlying thread is showing through, but, in our opinion, none of this detracts from the appearance of the piece. Pictorial rugs like this with feathers and other graphic designs are highly desirable, but the Peyote Bird absolutely places this rug in a league of its own. If we were to keep the rug, we would have it professionally cleaned. At this point, you can purchase it as it is and make a decision of your own about cleaning. If we have it cleaned, we will probably keep it for ourselves.
In the graphic style of Arts and Crafts, this is a fantastic looking rug that displays well on the wall or draped over a railing or piece of furniture. We would never put it on a floor as it will never show the drama created by the central motif. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to send email. Also, as is always true of purchases from Sweetpea Cottage, YOUR SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED. We are the primary Navajo Rug dealer on Ruby Lane and if you wish to return the rug for any reason we gladly refund your purchase price minus shipping. Within three days of receiving the rug, simply notify us by email that you wish to return it. Once we receive it in original condition in a timely fashion, then we will refund the full purchase price of the rug minus shipping charges. Domestic shipping including insurance is $30.00 for this item. We will not be able to ship this item to international customers.
LAYAWAY is possible. Ask for details.
Keywords: Navaho, Indian, Southwest
Item ID: AntNR-387
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