This fine art tapestry handmade by Lillian Lee is a masterful example of the Two Grey Hills style of weaving, widely considered the greatest technical achievement in the history of Navajo rug making. The tapestry is made from all-natural undyed wool that has been handspun and hand-carded and features complex concentric shapes in brown, black, cream and gray. It is an impressive, large-scale work of art that will bring the beauty of Native American fine art to your home.
- Rug handmade by Lillian Lee (Navajo)
- Genuine Two Grey Hills Navajo tapestry rug
- Natural undyed, hand-carded and homespun sheep wool
- Tapestry measures 22-1/2” x17”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Known for her use of earth-tone colors and intricate design patterns, Lillian Lee is a master weaver from the Navajo Nation whose weavings are artistically and masterfully created using traditional weaving techniques.
Two Grey Hills is a style of Navajo weaving that developed around the Two Grey Hills Trading Post in northwestern New Mexico in the early 1900s. Widely considered the most sought-after of all Navajo rugs, Two Gray Hills rugs are the height of art and craftsmanship. They are known for their use of undyed wool, all-natural color and intricate geometric designs. The wool is hand carded and hand-spun, techniques rarely practiced in any other parts of the world, making the yarn extremely soft and fine. A small rug or tapestry takes more than 400 labor hours from carding to completion and for this reason Two Grey Hills rugs are generally the most expensive and prized style of Navajo rug.
For nearly two centuries, Navajo rugs have been highly sought after trade items, prized for their beauty and quality. Anthropologists believe the Navajo people were introduced to weaving in the 17th century by the Pueblo people, who had been growing and weaving cotton for hundreds of years before the arrival of the Spanish. Navajo weavers primarily used wool from the churro sheep brought by the Spanish. The Navajo believe that Spider Boy gave them their first loom and that Spider Woman taught them how to weave. Early Navajo blankets were simple in design and used very little color. By the middle of the 19th century, Navajo “Chief’s Blankets” had become a highly valued trade good, known for their softness and quality, and were traded as far away as the Great Plains. Styles were influenced by Spanish and Mexican weaving and artists began to add some geometric patterns such as rectangles and diamond shapes.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.