Pictorial Navajo Rugs

Pictorial Navajo RugsPictorial Navajo blankets and rugs stem from late nineteenth century attempts by Navajo weavers to record the images they saw in the world around them, and the pictorial weaver often records what she sees. These specialty Navajo weavings usually have a light colored background with a wide variety of colors used in the depiction. Early pictorials contain such expected imagery as cowboys, horses, wagons, mountains, hogans, and pastoral scenes. Today’s rugs often include pickup trucks, trains, houses, helicopters and airplanes; illustrations of all the objects you would see driving through the reservation.

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