Vintage Navajo Weaving: Teec Nos Pos, c.1930, 32″ x 46″


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Teec Nos Pos with Waterbugs

This Vintage Navajo Weaving is a ‘Teec Nos Pos with Waterbugs’ design woven circa 1930. The weaver is unknow due to its age. The weaving measures 32 inches x 46 inches.

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.