In the 1880s, many trading post owners on the Navajo reservation began to provide commercial yarns to the weavers. These plied yarns came from Eastern woolen mills, principally the ones around Germantown, Pennsylvania. Traders encouraged their better weavers to use these commercial yarns as they created sharp and bold designs. It was also an excellent way to speed up production since the weaver no longer had to shear, card, and hand spin the wool for her rugs.
This sampler is woven from multi-ply commercial "Germantown" wool yarn. Like all smaller Germantowns, it has a cotton warp. This sampler is from the period 1900-1920.
As new, I have always stored away great unique designs. No moth damage, and fringe intact. As the wool is natural, there is a slight discoloration in the white field. All of the white is somewhat mellowed from age.
Size 26"h including fringe x 17"w