Contemporary Navajo Weaving: Two Grey Hills, Weaver Julia Pete, 31″ x 56″


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Two Grey Hills

This handwoven Contemporary Navajo Rug is the design of Two Grey Hills woven by Julia Pete. The Two Grey Hills weaving measures 31″ x 56″

History of Two Grey Hills

   True Two Grey Hills rugs are woven of natural, undyed, hand spun wool in designs of white, black, and brown. Weavers produce subtle shades of these basic hues by carding together wool from different sheep. The wool is often quite fine, requiring more weaving time but resulting in an exquisite rug.
Because of the considerable time and effort required to prepare hand spun wool, rugs made from it may cost twice as much as those of comparable size made from commercial yarns.
   The design does not represent hills. Two Grey Hills rugs are named for a village in New Mexico. They tend to have a plain, dark border, but the patterns are often more complicated than those of a Ganado or Klagetoh. Like other styles with borders, many Two Grey Hills rugs have a spirit line.
I put the spirit line in every time I weave. You weave a line going out and in again. Your design is your thinking, so you don’t border that up. It’s your home and all that you have. And so if you close that up, you close everything up-even your thinking and your work.    — Mae Jim, Woodsprings, Arizona