Formerly in the home of the writer Edward Abbey (Desert Solitaire and Monkey Wrench Ganga)
This textile was woven 1920-1930 and measures 6 feet and 6 inches by 4 feet and 5 inches. The various patterns that evolved and were labeled ‘Chief’s Blanket’ were given that name because Navajo textiles were widely traded among other tribes and generally only those who were wealthy could easily afford them. American’s assumed that the wealthiest member of a tribe or band was the chief (In fact, often the reverse was true in that a leader was expected to share wealth with the tribe/band for everyone’s benefit). In any event, the has name stuck. $2800.
The figures in this weaving (from the late 20s early 30s) are based upon the Iknee Tso or Big Thunders that appear in certain Navajo sandpaintings. 54 by 88 inches. $4500.
A nice example of a geometric pattern with an interesting asymmetry, which was pretty common until te judging of Navajo rugs becmae commonplace and it was decided that symmetry would be a criteria. 42.5 inches by 79 inches. $1275.