Native American Rug #2 Eye Dazzler

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  1. vitry-le-francois

    vitry-le-francois Well-Known Member

    This one measures 36 by 18 inches. I believe it's the Eye Dazzler pattern?

    17.dazzle1.jpg 14.dazzle7.jpg 11.dazzle10.jpg 12.dazzle9.jpg 13.dazzle8.jpg 15.dazzle3.jpg 16.dazzle2.jpg 18.dazzle4.jpg
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  2. smallaxe

    smallaxe Well-Known Member

    NA rugs don't usually have fringe. The top has the corner tassels like you expect to see, and the bottom is finished quite differently. I'm curious about that.
  3. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    I don't see any lazy lines either..
  4. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    I think that one's a Navajo 'Gallup throw.' It has all the right aspects: size, fringe on one side only, design.
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  5. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    It is not large enough that the weaver would need to make lazy lines.

    I agree with Pottery that this has the characteristics of a "Gallup throw".

    "Gallup Throws are small vintage Navajo weavings, made during the first decades of the 20th century by Navajo weavers located near railroad stops and tourist centers. These weavings were too small to be used as rugs, instead intended as tabletop mats or wall hangings. These tiny Navajo weavings were typically made with commercially dyed and spun yarns and delighted tourists due to their reasonable price and the ease of transporting them back home in luggage."

    In this weaving, it looks like Navajo hand spun single ply weft on a commercial cotton string warp. It would not be described as an "eye dazzler".

    "During the Transitional Period (1880-1900) from blanket-making to rug-weaving, Navajo weavers often applied bright commercial dyes to their handspun wool or used brilliantly colored commercial yarns in their rugs. Borrowing from the elaborate serrate diamonds of Mexican Saltillo sarapes, they created eye-dazzling geometric designs with this new color palette. Such “eye dazzlers” were popular with trading posts and tourist buyers. Neither blankets nor rugs in their weight and texture, they were often used as table runners, sofa covers, room dividers, hall runners and wall hangings."

    This is an example of an eye dazzler -
    eye dazzler (470x640).jpg
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  6. vitry-le-francois

    vitry-le-francois Well-Known Member

    thanks for the awesome info!
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