1958.063.0011_0Navajo weaving has been separated by scholars into three classifications: the Classic Period from 1700 to 1875, when pieces were primarily produced for clothing; the Transitional Period from 1875 to 1900, when new materials and designs were incorporated; and the Rug Period, which runs through contemporary times.

This rug was donated to the Museum of Man in 1958 and is a beautiful example of the Transitional Period. Mr. Ash collected the piece when he operated a store in Yellowstone National Park. It is in the “eyedazzler” style, which incorporates a serrated diamond design and vibrant colors.

Navajo; 1890s
American Southwest
Gift of George L. H. Ash