Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

two-in-one Storm Pattern and Wide Ruins rug
  • Ruth Nelwood
    born circa 1950, active 1960s–present
  • two-in-one Storm Pattern and Wide Ruins rug, 1960–2004
  • Where object was made: New Mexico, United States
  • wool yarn, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 90 x 67 cm
    Object Length/Width: 35 3/8 x 26 3/8 in
  • Gift from the estate of Gene and Shirley Thomas
  • Not on display
  • 2010.0260

Rectangular rug. Field is known as the storm pattern and the border design is known as wide ruins.

Border has stripes at end in light brown with dark yellow, green and white. Stripes with pink stepped trianlges and a dark pink zigzag with small white triangles along one edge. Light brown diamonds with a pink stripe and small brown stepped diamonds. Light brown stripe with pink stepped diamonds and green detail in center.

Field has a dark pink zigzag border, delineated with white. Pink field. Large "X" in brown with stepped legs with small triangles and notched regtangles on the lateral aspect. Ends of legs and center of "X" have a light brown and dark pink rectangle. Dark grey diamond outline with four "legs" and dark pink center with white detail at top and bottom between legs of "X." Row of light purple chevrons under both. Three rectangles iwht a dark grey center, dark pink and light brown with zigzagged delineation.