This Contemporary Navajo Weaving is a ‘Burntwater’ design woven by Navajo weaver, Laverna Blake. The weaving measures 48 x 29 inches.
The Navajo rug design known as Burntwater was developed by Bruce Burnham and Don Jacobs at the Burntwater Trading Post near Sanders, AZ. These traders encouraged their local weavers to create very fine weavings using the Central Diamond and Four Sacred Mountain design introduced from Oriental rugs to the Navajo by traders at the turn of the century in an attempt save the art of Navajo weaving by opening Eastern markets in the United States. Burntwater designs weavings are a more recent development of the late 1960’s but exemplify the role the Trader still plays in encouraging local weavers. Navajo Burntwater design weavings are known for their beautiful pastel colors derived from Native vegetable dyes and for their excellence in weave.