Navajo Moki Chief Variant Rug, c 1980. Unknown weaver. Hand spun wool yarns in blue, white, red, and black. The Moki style is characterized by a blue and black alternating stripe background with a foreground of crosses. Here, the central panel is a zigzag red panel with a border of blue, white, and red squares. Down the center, diamonds. This rug has a particularly nice design with an unusual central panel, well woven. 47.5" L x 31" H.
CONDITION: Overall excellent condition for a vintage rug. Some wefts show through, but there is no moth damage, just a bit of wear. Some fuzzy wool too, but again, these are signs of rubbing, not damage. Please see pictures. There are no rips, tears, or holes, nor signs of repair.
Chief blankets derive their name from an old tradition among Southwestern tribes. Because woven blankets were expensive, they were usually owned by those who were of great stature, such as the chief. Nineteenth century photographs often depicted such chiefs with their woolen blankets and serapes draped about them. Today, modern weavers have revived the traditional designs. Blanket revival patterns, such as the Moki, are contemporary weavings bearing the classic wearing blanket patterns of the 19th century . While Navajo weaving has evolved a great deal over the past century and a half, these weavings pay tribute to some of the earliest and most enduring patterns of this art form. Elements of the weavings date back to the 1600s.
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Navajo Moki Chief Variant Rug