Dating navajo rugs
The first dyed color to be introduced into Navajo weaving was blue, from indigo brought by the Spanish.
During the mid-1800s a few intrepid frontiersmen set up trading posts in Navajo country.
A few individuals should be noted for playing an important role in the development of the “Navajo Rug”.
Juan Lorenzo Hubbell established his post at Ganado, Arizona.
His success led to him owning fifty trading posts at one time.
The major source for all of the subsequent artistic and technical innovation in Navajo weaving is to be found in the American Trading Post.
Hubbell was the first entrepreneur to offer a more heavily woven rug using Navajo designs.