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Sunday, May 7, 2017
Navajo Ganado Rug, c. 1930
Lorenzo Hubbell, a famous early trader at his post in Ganado, Arizona was the creator of the "Ganado Red" Navajo rug style. He loved and encouraged the use of deep rich red dyed wool for the background color. Design elements from the early Navajo blankets were incorporated into these "Ganado Red" rugs.
Today the Ganado rugs will have a red background with accent colors of black, grey, white or brown. The central design features a single or double diamond and four triangles, one in each corner. Other design elements may include hook patterns, simple diagonals and cloud or stair design borders.
Noted weavers would include Sadie Curtis, Ruby Hubbard, Sarah Tisi, and Elverna Vanwinkle.