Need help identifying this Native American Blanket...
I found this blanket in an estate with many fine Navajo rugs that I had little trouble identifying via the web. However this blanket i keep hitting walls. It has some bleeding that was similiar to the bleed i found in one of the rugs. Can anyone help me identify it?
Native American weavings (and that would mean Navajo, since they are the only tribe that weaves rugs) are identified not by their designs or patterns, but by the way they are woven. The Navajo use a different loom and weaving technique than anyone else, and it results in a rug with yarn loops in each corner, rather than fringes on the ends.
You may hear that there are exceptions, but the only Navajo rugs with fringe are some saddle blankets, and some old Germantown weavings, which had fringe added as decoration, after the rug was taken from the loom. Gallup Throws have a fringe on one end only. A Navajo rug cannot be woven with fringes on both ends.
The Navajo, by the way, have not made blankets since around 1895. That date is usually considered the beginning of the Rug Period, when the Navajo switched to making rugs exclusively.