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- Title: The Glorious Chief Blanket Revival
- Weaver: Gloria Claw Begay
- Weaver home: Navajo, New Mexico
- Date Woven: March-April 2023
- Size: 18.25×27.75
- Warps per inch: 12
- Wefts per inch: 56
- Date Consigned with Weaving in Beauty: April 10, 2023
- Yarn: Commercially spun Navajo-Churro wool, commercially spun Brown Sheep fine yarn
- Dyes: Indigo, cochineal, black walnut, ground lichen, Navajo tea, wild carrot.
- Price: $3500
- Gloria receives 85% of the purchase price.
I titled Gloria Begay’s latest weaving “The Glorious Chief Blanket Revival.” Every Navajo weaving is somehow glorious. Every Navajo weaving is an expression of beauty, a symbol of resilience, a tribute to the ancestors who passed these exquisitely elegant techniques down, and a legacy for the future.
Navajo rugs are also a means of fulfilling the need for income, and Gloria needs to sell this beautiful weaving to provide the resources to get her truck on the road to a weaving class. Therefore, I am not spending three hours enthusing about what a weaving tour de force this rug is. Trust me, it is. If you buy it, I’ll rhapsodize about it to your heart’s content.
Look at the picture gallery; you’ll see the craftsmanship and artistic skill that has gone into every row. If you were shopping in a gallery in Santa Fe or Sedona, this is a $6000 weaving any day of the week.
The pertinent details are listed above. If you look at the center of the piece, you’ll appreciate that there are 97 individual wefts manipulated to create the design.
This is a sprint, not a marathon. We need to find a home for this rug immediately. Make a reasonable offer, and we’ll present it to Gloria. Gloria is shopping the rug to other buyers, so if you want it in your collection, you need to act.
Weaving in Beauty specializes in contemporary rugs that we purchase directly from the artist. We generally pay the price asked by the artists or we come as close to that price as possible.
Recently, we have started accepting consignments of fine-quality rugs directly from the artists because there are few auctions taking place at this time.
We try to support living artists and with rare exceptions, we do not buy or sell vintage rugs. All of our rugs are from weavers that we know personally.