Navajo Rugs

rug

I found this rug at the Value Village and, assuming that it was a knock off of a Navajo rug, used it in my front hall for years. Then it was suggested that it was a real, hand loomed rug and I felt guilty that I had let it become so distressed. I spent last week calling around to see if any one could repair it, but after emailing photos, there was no reply.It is not a super valuable rug and my guess is that for the pros fixing it would probably cost more than replacing it. I just want to honour the people who put their talents into making it in the first place. I will attempt repairs myself.

navajo rug made for George Herriman

Speaking of Navajo rugs, I was re-reading a book about one of my favourite comic strip artists, George Herriman — the creator of Krazy Kat. The world of Krazy Kat was set in the Shadow of the Monument Valley, and Herriman himself lived there. When he left, he was presented with the rug pictured above by a local Navajo artist. You can see how the art of the Navajo Nation influenced the Art Deco and other graphic traditions of the 20th century.