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Navajo Rug Glossary

Every few weeks we will post a few definitions of Navajo rug terms.  Some of these Navajo rug terms are more common than others and some are terms that are used primarily by Indian arts dealers.  The information on this page is designed to be helpful to the owner or purchaser of Navajo rugs and will include the author's interpretations and explanations in the attempt to clarify the often confusing world of Indian arts and Navajo rugs.

 
  • Bosque Redondo    Spanish for "circle of trees."  Located in eastern New Mexico at Fort Sumner where the Navajos were imprisoned from 1863 to 1868. 
  • Child's Blanket    A small, finely woven blanket patterned like the larger serapes but woven to smaller proportions of about 2'6" x 4'0".  Called in the trade a "Child's Blanket" because of its size.  Ironically, there is hardly a shred of evidence that any child ever wore one.
  • Aniline Dyes    Synthetic coal tar derived dye used in Navajo weavings from about the 1800s after the arrival of the railroad.  There are some Navajo rugs predating the 1880s that show the use of aniline dyes, some dating to the Bosque Redondo period.  The earliest aniline dye (mauvine) was invented (discovered) by William Perkin in 1856.  Mauvine was too expensive to used in Navajo rugs but later synthetic dyes such as Fushine - Magenta were cheaper and were therefore used extensively.  A more appropriate term for such dyes might be "synthetic dyes" distinguishing them from vegetal dyes.

If you have any suggestions for our Navajo rug glossary, please e-mail us.

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