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Lena Begay

Vintage Navajo Hand-Woven Geometric Striped Kilim Rug by Lena Begay 42” x 27.5”

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Navajo weaver Lena Begay made this lovely hand woven rug out of wool. Bright, distinct colors highlight the reversible geometric design layered over complimentary stripes.

This rug features wonderful, subtle section lines (often referred to as “lazy lines” which occur when the weaver adjusts their position with the weaving). Please see last photos for highlighted authenticating marks

Neatly woven and well balanced, this magnificent rug would be a great addition to your Native American art or Navajo rug collection.

  • Size: 31” x 45”
  • Primary Color: Red
  • Secondary Color(s): Turquoise, Black, Gray
  • Pattern: Geometric
  • Tribal affiliation: Navajo
  • Style: Kilim
  • Weave Type: Hand-Woven
  • Material: 100-Percent Wool & Dye
  • Classification: Textiles
  • Shape: Rectangular
  • Made in: Gallup, NM USA
  • Approx.: 1996

This vintage, authentic hand-woven Navajo rug was from my mothers personal collection. She was a professor of Education at Western New Mexico University. At WNMU, she helped establish the Graduate Studies Center in Gallup, N.M., that focused on educating Navajo women-work for which she was honored as a hero by the Navajo nation.

She was friends with many of the local artists and her items were either purchased from the artists themselves, local merchants, or received as gifts from students and/or fellow faculty.

Many of her pieces are unique and, like this piece, we’re commissioned directly from the artist.

 

  • Condition: Used
  • Category: Rugs
  • Artist: Lena Begay
  • Size: M
  • Color: Gray
  • Style: Native American
  • Pueblo: Navajo
  • Provenance: Known
  • Length: 42 in
  • Width: 27.5 in
  • Material: Wool
  • Medium: Hand-Woven
  • Classification: Textiles

Care Instructions

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