Sunday Saddle Blanket


Item Number: DR 628
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
Artist: Unknown
Medium: Wool and natural dyes
Age: early 1980s
Dimensions: 53″ x 36″ weft: 26 warp: 10



This is beautiful example of a Two Grey Hills Sunday Saddle Blanket. There are three diamond designs centered on the rug and stair step angles above and below each diamond. The colors are the traditional natural wool and vegetal dyes of the black, grey, brown and cream.

Saddle blankets occupy a curious niche in the history of Navajo weaving. They are the only type of textile that was simultaneously popular among Anglos, Hispanics and the Navajo themselves. Consequently saddle blankets have an esthetic and technical history very different from that of the ubiquitous Navajo rug.  From at least the 1880s on, Navajo weavers made three general classes of saddle blankets: simple, striped pieces; more decorative blankets with borders; and ones called Sunday or  “fancy” blankets with complex overall patterns. This Two Grey Hills saddle blanket falls in the category of a fancy saddle blanket with an overall pattern of three diamonds in the typical Two Grey Hills design– a complex design of geometric patterns, usually based on a large diamond s with multiple geometric borders  in the beautiful natural wool colors of cream, brown, ivory, grey, black  and beige.

Condition: Excellent- original condition – never been on a horse, always treated as a rug and hung over a kiva ladder or the back of a chair
Provenance: Acquired from my private family collection in Texas.

Additional information

Weight 37 oz