This completely hand-spun/hand woven Navajo (Dineh) rug or weaving is made with a pallet of natural colors of cream, brown, and black using hand made yarns. In the center there is a large bird with spread wings and tail feathers. It has been suggested that the bird could represent either the Peyote bird or the eagle logo for the National Recovery Act instituted during the FDR administration. People who remember the Great Depression will remember the eagle on any publication from the Federal government that pertained to the National Recovery Act. The Peyote Bird has had significance in Native American religions and culture for many years. Eventually, it became associated with the American Indian Church. It is unusual to find it woven into a rug, or weaving, as the dominant design. Whichever bird you feel this represents, the bottom line is that it makes a great statement dominating the center of the piece.
The rug measures about 32 inches by 53 ½ inches, and is slightly out of rectangular. The condition is generally good although there is definitely an A side and a B side. The corners and edges are a little rough although there are no large areas of missing yarn. The main photograph shows the A side which is the better of the two sides. The B side is in a separate photo and labelled as such. The rug has been professionally cleaned so that whatever stains that can be removed have been removed. With that said there is a strange light gray-white stain the runs vertically down the side of the bird's tail. It is more pronounced on the B side, but is significantly less noticeable on the A side. (See photos) We have tried to photograph that area carefully so that it can be seen and evaluated in several photos. There are a few other spots and some areas where the underlying warp thread is showing through. There are no holes. The white areas have some intrusion of black wool which was, no doubt, a result of how the weaver blended the wools and made the yarn. Pictorial rugs like this with feathers and other graphic designs are highly desirable, but the large bird symbol absolutely places this rug in a league of its own. Even with the condition issues, it will stand out as a special item when hanging on a wall or over a railing.
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. 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. We will not be able to ship this item to international customers.
LAYAWAY is possible. Ask for details.
Keywords: Navaho, Indian, Southwest