There are a few Navajo weavers who make round rugs. These weavings are not common as there are some challenges to creating one. Over the years, we have worked with several women who made them, but they have all passed on.
My dad always liked them because he thought they were great for displaying artwork like pottery, baskets and bronzes.
The early ones were made using a wagon wheel rim as a loom. I knew a weaver that used a bike tire rim and some are done on crochet or needlepoint frames.
Recently we picked up a really nice little weaving, 23” in diameter, from an estate back east. It is a Two Grey Hills style weaving with all-natural hand spun wool yarn and a very pretty central design. It is very slightly faded on one side, but both sides are beautiful.
According to the person we received the piece from it was woven in the 1970’s. Unfortunately, as happened so many times with weavings from this era and before, the weaver’s name has been lost.
When it arrived, I thought that it would make an interesting newsletter item. It is a very pretty and unique weaving. It is available for $450.00, which I think is a great deal!
To illustrate my father’s favorite use of round rugs, I put a beautiful Santa Clara black pot with a bear paw indentation by Mida Tafoya on the weaving.
Mida was born in 1931 and is the daughter of Christina Naranjo and the granddaughter of Serafina Tafoya, a matriarch in Pueblo Pottery.
The pot is 10.5” tall and was made in the 1970’s. It comes from the estate of a well-known Navajo Indian trading family. It is in very good condition with a few small scratches on the lower part of the pot that you might expect from a piece of this age.
It is priced at $1,800 in case you need something to put on your new round rug!