Two Grey Hills Table Rug


Item Number: DR 627
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
Artist: Nadine Gould
Medium: Wool and natural dyes
Age: 2010
Dimensions: 13″ x 17″ weft: 42 warp: 10



The weavers in the Two Grey Hills area prefer to use natural un-dyed homespun native wool instead of commercial yarns. The colors in a classic Two Grey Hills design will consist of black, gray, beige, brown and cream. Each weaver will develop her unique yarn colors by blending natural wool colors together by a process called “carding”. To achieve a solid black color the weavers will over-dye the dark brown wool with a black dye.  The weaving pattern is usually a complex design of geometric patterns, usually based on a large, central diamond with multiple geometric borders.

Two Grey  Hills rugs are renowned for being finely woven are considered by many to be  tapestries.  A textile with a weft count of 80 or more per linear inch is considered a tapestry and not a rug;  a well-woven Navajo rug will have on average approximately 40 to 50 wefts per linear inch.

The style of Two Grey Hills was established after 1914 by the owners of Two Grey Hills and Toadlena Trading Posts. This could be considered the first “Regional Navajo rug style” because these rugs were the first that established a style that was recognizably distinguishable from other rugs of the same time period.

Condition: Excellent- original condition
Provenance: Purchased at Toadlena Trading Post in Toadlena, New Mexico.

Additional information

Weight 5 oz