Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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storm pattern rug
  • Eleanor Spencer
  • storm pattern rug, 1967
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • wool yarn, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 120 x 75 cm
    Object Length/Width: 47 1/4 x 29 1/2 in
  • Gift of David and Jean Francisco
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6605

The rectangular rug has a golden yellow field. The borders are dark brown with plain bars at the top and bottom and stepped pyramids on the long sides. In the center there is a white rectangle with two stepped pyramids inside with the points facing each other. The triangles are dark golden yellow, brown and light tan. Next to the pyramids there are two pairs of small stepped pyramids in white. Radiating from each corner of the center rectangle is a zigzag line that ends in a small rectangle at the corners of the rug. Inside those rectangles there are small, dark golden yellow shape made up of numerous small triangles and diamonds. On each of the short sides of the center rectangle there are two short zigzag lines. In the center of the field near the shorter ends of the rug there is a design made of interlocked blue-green X shapes with a dark golden yellow diamond in the center, and next to that there is a shape made up of three triangles in brown joined by two brown lines. Two of those triangles have a smaller, light tan triangle inside. On the longer sides there are shapes made of a blue-green square with long lines radiating from the sides and terminating in diamond shapes. Inside the center square there are two golden yellow triangles with the points together and inside of the end diamonds there are smaller golden yellow diamonds. At each corner there are small tassels in golden yellow.