Vintage Navajo Weaving: Teec Nos Pos and Red Mesa c.1935 3′ 9″ x 5″


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Teec Nos Pos and Red Mesa

This Vintage Navajo Weaving is a ‘Teec Nos Pos and Red Mesa Circa 1935. The weaver is unknown due to the date in which is was woven. The weaving is 3ft 9inches x 5 inches.

Red Mesa

Red Mesa rug history begins in the late 1800’s when Navajo wearing blankets were transitioning to Navajo rugs.  Sharply moving away from the simplicity of Navajo chief blanket weavings during the Classic Period (1650’s to 1870’s), the introduction of an almost endless palette of commercial dyes and pre-dyed yarn colors laid the foundation for bold new expressions in Navajo weaving in general and Red Mesa rugs in particular.  Typically, the Red Mesa weaving design consists of a line of chevrons running down the vertical middle of the weaving surrounded by radiating serrated diamonds.  The most extreme eye dazzler effect is created by laying a line of contrasting color against a lighter or darker color.  The border of Red Mesa rugs will appear to come in from each of the vertical sides to meet the outward radiating pattern.

Teec Nos Pos

The name comes from a settlement in the northeast corner of Navajo country. It means “Cottonwoods in a Circle.” However similar rugs are woven from Mexican Water on the west Beklabito, New Mexico, on the east. Always surrounded by a wide border and filled with an exuberant variety of motifs, Teec Nos Pos rugs are often large.  An elaborate center is often enhanced with stylized feathers and arrows. Claw like, angular hooks extend from the points of diamonds and triangles; zigzags are everywhere. The wide borders of a Teec Nos Pos rug often contain a lightening path. Contrasting colors outline many elements, and there are lot’s of diagonal lines. There is no rule for colors in a Tec Nos Pos rug, although of course they must harmonize. Teec Nos Pos is a bold, busy, exciting design. Many experts believe it developed from pictures of Persian rugs; others see no connection.