Navajo weaving Germantown Sampler from 1910 measures 20.5 by 21 inches. In addition to larger rugs, these weavings filled a perfect niche as a “tourist rug.” Traders encouraged the women to weave small pieces with this yarn that were sold at tourist attractions including the gift shops in the Harvey Hotels which were built along the route of the Santa Fe Railroad as it crossed “Indian Country.” The small “Germantown Sampler” became the perfect item to pick up as a souvenir of the Southwest. They were small, authentic pieces of Navajo art. The were also unbreakable and could easily be folded in a suitcase or traveling bag and taken home as a gift or reminder of the Southwest. Germantown yarns slowly disappeared from Navajo weaving beginning around 1910. But you can still have one today!