Emma C. Begay
"The Ganado area is located
nearly in the geographic center of the Navajo Reservation, and
has long been the center for the 'Ganado Red' type of Navajo
rug. This style of weaving was established prior to 1900 by the
famous trader Don Lorenzo Hubbell.
"Originally, the bold
cross and diamond motifs were adaptations of colors and designs
taken from the earlier wearing blankets of the Navajos at a time
when the traders in other areas of the Navajo Reservation were
encouraging rug designs with an obvious "oriental influence"
for the eastern market.
"Mr. Hubbell emphasized
the use of the older elements, the result being a very pleasing,
and to most laymen, a more 'traditional Indian rug.' His sphere
of influence extended over a very broad area. At one time he
owned and operated fourteen trading posts in the central and
western regions of the Reservation.
"This, combined with
a long business relationship with the Fred Harvey Co., explains
the broad exposure and early popularity of this style of rug."
- from Ray Manley's Fine Art of Navajo
This weaving is a nice example
of a traditional Ganado Red rug. It has good size and good eye
Our rug selection ranges from
heavy-duty rugs that work well on the floor to table runners,
and from wall hangings to fine tapestries. We try to hand-pick
the best rugs at the best possible value. We believe this particular
piece fits nicely into such a category.