Navajo Bisti Pictorial Rug
Arguably, one of the finest examples of this type weaving from the period. Navajo finely woven Bisti pictorial rug by an unknown weaver. Somewhere at some time, the anonymous weaver of this rug was shown an illustration of a Persian rug. Here we have an example of the Navajo weaver’s amazing ability to see a pattern, retain that image in her mind’s eye and re-create it adding her own designs in this masterpiece. A unique and intricately designed tapestry adorned with numerous stylized geometric patterns with Yei, bird and cornstalk motifs. All hand spun wool with aniline and vegetal dyes. Extremely rare and large tapestry.
The early 1900s brought major changes for to Navajo weaving style. The trader at Crystal Trading Post, J.B Moore , in an effort to create a wider market for the Navajo weaver’s art, introduced the weavers to Mid-Eastern rug designs. Believing this style would attract buyers in the Eastern U.S.A. where Persian rugs were popular, Moore printed two catalogues the first in 1903 and again in 1911. J.B. Moore’s influence on the style of Navajo rug weaving spread to weavers in all parts of the reservation and is evident today.