Navajo Ganado Rug: Two-Piece Set of Modular Silkscreen Prints Mounted on Wooden Box Frames


This is our Ganado Rug Wall Art Set of Modular Silkcreen Prints

This Ganado Rug wall art set includes two modules in black, red, and violet mounted on hand-crafted box frames. Dimensions of each module: 19″ x 31.5″. Colors: bright red, violet, and black on white. Source: Navajo Ganado rug, dimensions 33″ x 47″. Photographed at Skinner auction, Boston, October 2019. Apart from this two-module mounted wall art set, we also offer an unmounted triptych of smaller images in black and red on white. The stair step design is a bold pattern that tricks the eye when broken down into its constituent color layers.

Ganado Rugs

Ganado, Arizona, in Apache County, is a chapter in the Navajo Nation. Rugs and blankets from Ganado have become world-famous since Juan Lorenzo Hubbell began fostering the art at his trading post in the 1870s. Born to an Anglo father, and Spanish mother, Hubbell grew up in New Mexico. In 1876, when he was twenty three, he relocated to Ganado. At one time, he operated over 20 Trading Posts across the Central Navajo Nation. When he died in 1930, his youngest son, Roman Hubbell, assumed management duties of the trading post. He contributed to encouraging the Ganado textile market and local Navajo weaving houses.

Hubbell set out to motivate weavers to match his vision for new and unique Navajo rugs. The first style he developed was the “Ganado Red. He modeled this design, distinguished by the use of deep red dyed wools, after paintings by the renowned artist E.A. Burbank. Today’s Ganado rugs still feature the deep red backgrounds with accents of black, grey, white and brown. They include black borders, serrated diamond designs in the middle, and “stair step” designs, as we can see in this Ganado Rug wall art set.