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Two Grey Hills Rug

Artist Katherine Nathaniel
Culture Diné (Navajo)
Title Two Grey Hills Rug
Date Mid-20th century
Medium Wool and dye
Dimensions Object: 39 × 25 1/4 in. (99.1 × 64.1 cm)
Overall: 39 x 25 1/4 in. (99.1 x 64.1 cm)
Credit Line Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 63.32

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About this Work

Inspired by Persian rugs and European desires for borders, the Two Grey Hills style of rug developed in the twentieth century and was firmly rooted by 1925 among Navajo weavers. The name “Two Grey Hills” is not a description of the rugs themselves; no hills are depicted. Rather, the name refers to the Two Grey Hills community and trading post in New Mexico, where this style of Navajo rug is made and sold. Characteristic of these rugs is the use of geometric motifs within at least two borders, with the outer most border being black. In addition, this style is known for its use of natural wool colors such as brown, white, and black.

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"Two Grey Hills Rug | Collections Online." Collections Online. Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University, 2024.