This is an excellent authentic Navajo Native American Indian hand knotted early trade rug showing an Old Crystal Trading Post "Eye Dazzler" pattern. The rug dates to circa early 1900 and is in fine condition for its age with some wear, but overall good condition. The rug shows all 100% wool very tightly woven construction with exquisite whimsical pattern with bright rich pigment natural colors of dark brown/black, tan, red, orange and grays. Originally the Old Crystal trading post was established in 1894, in this remote part of the Navajo Reservation Southwest of Two Grey Hills and Northwest of Gallup. In 1896 J.B. Moore purchased an interest in the trading post and re-named it Crystal after a pure sparkling mountain spring that was in the area. Due to the remoteness of the Trading Post he started using a mail order catalog to sell his rugs to the Eastern market. The first catalog came out in 1903, with another in 1911. He left the reservation in 1911. During his stay at Crystal he greatly influenced the change in styles of Navajo rugs being produced at the Crystal Trading Post. This is truly a very tightly fine woven early Navajo trade rug. Measures overall 57" x 35".
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