Vintage Navajo Weaving: Moki Eye Dazzler, c.1890, 73″x92″


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Transitional Moki Eye Dazzler

This Vintage Navajo Rug is a ‘Transitional Moki Eye Dazzler’ Circa 1890. The weaver is unknown due to the time in which it was woven. The weaving is 73 inches x 92inches.

History of Moki Rugs

Easily one of the most well-known styles due to their value to early settlers, Moki weavings began as blankets around Coronado’s expedition in 1540. Originally designed by Spanish weavers and adopted by the Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi.  The Moki became as valuable as food, due to their durability and ability to keep you warm on those frigid winter nights.

History of Eye Dazzler Rugs

Elaborate weavings boasting gorgeous jelly bean colors, Eye Dazzlers became one of the very first Navajo weaving styles beyond blankets and serapes. Between the change in hues and tones, geometric patterns, and even wool’s available for weaving, this groundbreaking rug style set the stage for weavings, tapestries and Navajo weaving expansion for more than a century.

Transitional Period

The period from 1875 to 1910, when rapid changes in the social environment were occurring, and the Navajo and Pueblo peoples went from living in an unrestricted geographical region to a reservation setting. At this time new weaving materials and new cultural ideas were introduced, and an increasing number of goods were manufactured for non-Indian use. Textile shapes and texture changed to satisfy new uses and demands.