Sunday, February 16, 2014

Rug Of The Week

by John Aldrich

This week we are featuring another rug from the loom of Rena Robertson, a master weaver from Hardrock. In fact Rena's entire family including her husband and all of her children are excellent weavers. This family lives a traditional Navajo life, at least in so far as they derive their income from their talents at the loom. This can be a precarious method of managing a family's finances since a steady and predictable stream of income can't be counted on. But Rena, in addition to having a wonderful creative talent, also is a prolific weaver. At ANE we have done our best to try to provide a market for her rugs.

This week's rug displays a winter scene on the reservation with the San Francisco peaks, holy to the Navajo, in the background. It is a peaceful, calming scene that would grace any wall.

The rug measures 21" x 25" and is attractively priced at $375. You can view the listing in our catalog here.

At our recent rug show, Rena was working on a similar rug during the weaving demonstrations. Here she is at her double loom in front of a rapt group of school children. Her son Israel sits opposite.

See this 2010 post for more information about the rug catalog.

Notes: Every effort has been made to photograph and present the rugs with as accurate rendition of color as possible. It's not possible, however, to be certain that your computer won't show some variance. Where two prices are listed in the catalog, the higher represents what the weaver hopes to receive and the lower, the minimum she will accept. As has always been the case at ANE all the proceeds of every rug sale go entirely to the weaver. Prices are set by the weaver, and since there is no "middleman" they are typically very reasonable.

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