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Culture:Native American; Diné
Title:Eye Dazzler Rug
Date Made:1890s-1930s
Place Made:United States; Southeastern Utah; Northeastern Arizona; Northwestern New Mexico
Measurements:74 x 51 in.; 187.96 x 129.54 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1977.33.12
Credit Line:Gift of Catharine W. Pierce, class of 1912

This Navajo "Germantown Eyedazzler" rug is woven from wool, and displays the famous Eyedazzler pattern that Navajo rugs are known for: zigzag-type diamonds that encompass the entire textile. The rug features aniline dyed wool in red, yellow, and orange ("trading post orange," a color that was particularly popular during the 1930s), as well as natural dyes, such as brown. On either end is a woven "cross," or "x" figure that likely represents the four corners motif. It is noteworthy that the rug does not have its customary four tassles (one on each end) attached, signaling that the rug was well used. The item also shows some staining or dirt. AP2018


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