Navajo "Tree of Life" Pictorial Rug, ca. 1920
I got it from a friend of mine. And I bought it because I'm a birder, and I love the birds on it. They named me a good price. So I thought, had to have it.
What was the good price?
The piece ages to about 1910, late 1920s.
It's a very finely woven Navajo rug in a pictorial pattern. And the pattern at play here is what they call the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life is from antiquity, it's a cultural metaphor for how all living things on the earth are connected. And it's a slight deviation of the Tree of Life in the fact that this horn which represent yei-- yeis-- in the Navajo tradition. So it has a lot of playfulness going on. It's a very tightly, skillfully woven rug. This rug today, if it was to go to auction, would sell for $2,000 to $2,500
Oh, that's great! Well, it's not going anywhere. It's going home, back on my wall.
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