Ganado Navajo Rug
By Master Weaver Ruby Hill
30 by 21 inches
This Ganado Navajo Rug was woven by Ruby Hill of Ganado, AZ. The weaving is 30 inches by 21 inches. The Ganado is perhaps the most "familiar of all" Navajo rugs. It comes closest to what most people think a Navajo rug should look like. They are known for their bold Ganado Red color integrated into the Central Diamond and Four Sacred Mountain design introduced by J. Lorenzo Hubbell and other traders to the Navajo at the turn of the 20th century.
This rug was purchased from Bill Malone in October this year. (See Bill and Ruby in photo) Bill said that Ruby Hill was one of the best of the Granado Rug Weavers. Bill Malone was the trader at the Hubbell Trading Post for over 20 years.
This rug is near tapestry quality with a weft count of around 60 threads per inch
Ganado Area Rug
Between Chinle and the area of the vegetal dye rugs lies Ganado, famed headquarters of the greatest of all traders, J. Lorenzo Hubbell, and home of the traditional and most distinguished red-black-white-gray rug.
Source: Navajo Rugs- Past, Present and Future by Gilbert Maxwell
This weaving is tightly woven, the corners are tight, no bleed, no wear, no holes, no odors, no moth nibbles, no fade, no stains and no snags. Both sides are even in color. It lays flat and smooth. Colors are bright and strong. It comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
When considering a Navajo Rug - the common terminology for all Navajo Weaving - it is important to realize that the product is one hundred percent handmade. Becoming an educated buyer and purchasing Authentic Navajo Weaving's helps to preserve the integrity and commitment of today's Navajo weavers.
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|Counting Navajo Rug Warp and Weft threads|
Warp strings are the vertical strings which serve as the foundation of the rug. Wool yarn is preferred because cotton warp strings may not tolerate rough use as a floor covering.
Weft threads are the horizontal threads that cover the warp threads, or the yarn that is woven over and under the warp and from side to side.
As you can see from the photo Weft threads cover both sides of the Warp strings.
Wefts per inch are counted on both faces of a fabric. When the wefts are counted on one side, this number is doubled, as there is a corresponding weft on the other side. It can vary at different parts of the rug. The better the weaver the more consistent this will be throughout the rug.
Sources: Sumner Patterson Purple Sage Trading Post Blanding, Utah
Ann Lane Hedlund Director of the GFR Center for Tapestry Studies.
I have counted on one side about 16 warp threads and 30 weft threads.
That would be a weft count (threads per inch) of about 60, counting both sides
What should I pay for a Navajo rug?
Is it a good investment?
Ganado area Navajo Rug
20- year Comparative chart
||3 ft. by 5 ft. rug
||$250 - $400
||$500 - $750
||$1,500 - $2,000
||$2,500 - $2,500
Source: Rugs & Posts by H. L, James page 69
The cheaply made Mexican rugs have replaced the traditional Navajo Rugs in many markets. The quality of the Mexican rugs, their texture, and the vibrancy of the colors are inferior.
Don't waste your money. Save and buy yourself a true piece of art. The Navajo Rugs are more expensive, but you will have made an investment. A truly good piece will only increase in value, while its Mexican counterpart will only be good for resale at a yard sale.