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"Ganado Red" Navajo weaving, by Ilene Catron


The Ganado Red style rug design is woven in the Ganado, Arizona area. The weavers in the area are encouraged to produce rugs with geometric designs, a border, and a lot of red. It was first introduced and marketed by J. L. Hubbell, trader of the now famous Hubbell Trading Post. Because of Hubbell's influence, the Ganado Red Design has become a collector's favorite.

This example was woven by Ilene Catron (census #201-106). It measures 16 × 23 inches (40.6 × 58.4 cm).

Given Dr. Barnes's belief in the power and importance of the aesthetic principles of light, line, color, and form, it is easy to see why he incorporated textiles into his growing collection. The intricate patterns and shapes woven into tapestries and fabrics are a perfect complement to the lines, colors, and forms echoed in art of all mediums arranged on the gallery walls. Dr. Barnes collected Navajo rugs, as well as other items from the Navajo, Zuni and Apache tribes during a tour of New Mexico during the winter of 1929-1930.