201218-01 Navajo rug; Bisti Region
Navajo rug. ca. 1920; 72" x 56"
Recently professionally cleaned. Minor wear typical of age, but overall in Excellent Condition. Note change in background black color which is also typical of this period.
Bisti means badlands in Navajo. The region is located just off NM Route 371 about an hour south of Farmington and 90 miles North of I-40. The Old Bisti Trading Post has been closed for some time.
It was not until recently that this area was recognized as a Regional Navajo Rug Style. Previously they were thought to be a variant of the Teec Nos Pos. The rugs were woven by four extended Navajo families in the area.
The Bisti Navajo Rugs are the rarest of the Regional Navajo Rugs. Characteristic of the Bisti weavings are numerous borders surrounding a center field, sometimes up to nine borders. A thin checkered border is common in these rugs. Circles, Prayer Feathers and intricate complex geometric designs make up the field.
There is a definite Oriental influence in these rugs.