Learn about the different factors that make up a navajo weaving. Here we discuss the importance of the muted tones that make up the piece.
|What features matter to you?
1. Muted tones (think gray, brown, white, black) and a geometric design.
2. A geometric design with a deep red.
3. An intricately designed background with deep colors.
4. A pictorial story.
Look into Two Grey Hills, Wide Ruins, or Crystal weavings for nature-inspired colors. Some of the finest weavings on the Reservation come from the Two Grey Hills area, where the weavers have bred their sheep for the richest wool since the Spanish first brought sheep to the New World, aka America. A Two Grey Hills weaving can by identified by a central diamond motif, woven with wool in its natural color: black, dark brown, white, and the grays and tans that emerge from mixing those hues. Two Grey Hills weavers use very little or no dye and are also known for their very fine spinning.
Both Wide Ruins and Crystal styles gained popularity during the 1920s and ‘30s and continue to be woven today. It began as an effort to revive the banded blanket patterns of the past and to keep alive the use of vegetal (or organic) dyes. By using these plant and mineral dyes, the soft hues of the desert are brought to life. The Wide Ruins rugs are usually finer and have more detail with a ceremonial sash-belt design. Crystal rugs are usually heavier weavings with bold, large designs often separated by bands of wavy lines.