The Ornate Wilderness of Life

A Metalsmith practicing forgework, chasing and repoussé

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Who made these rug-style weavings?  They both seem to be heavy weight wool.

First weaving:  I was told by my late husband that the first was a Navajo rug, but he never clarified whether it was new or old.  By new I mean made in the 1970s or 1980s.  He also never clarified whether it was made by a contemporary Navajo artist, contemporary Navajo-influenced artists, or by a traditional Navajo weaver.  The size is appropriate for an entryway or large bathroom rug.

Second weaving:  It’s an abstracted colorful fish and fork design.  The little fish fin is very much like a fork.  I know it’s an artist-made weaving, again probably from the 1970s or 1980s.  To me, this looks as if it was really woven to be a wallpiece, not a floor rug.  It doesn’t have any hanging mechanism, but the size and design simply seem more appropriate for a wall art weaving.   It’s not signed and I don’t know who the artist was.  Do you?

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