Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Diné (Navajo) peoples
  • rug, late 1800s–1979
  • Where object was made: Wide Ruins, Arizona, United States
  • wool, dyeing, weaving
  • Object Length/Width: 141 x 81 cm
    Object Length/Width: 55 1/2 x 31 7/8 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Robert and Marion J. Mengel
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1413

The rectangular woven rug has a wool warp and weft. It is dark yellow with bands of light tan and cream. There are two overall band designs that alternate for the length of the rug.
One band is mostly dark yellow, with a central band of tan with cream dots and dashes. This central band is flanked by a narrow band on either side of the tan outlined with cream.
The other band is mostly tan. The center is a band of joined dark yellow diamond shapes with tan designs in the center. There is tan "fill" to the outer edges, and two cream zigzags within the tan. The outer edges are a zipper-like pattern of cream and black.