In the late 1800s Navajo weaving was undergoing a transition from wearing apparel to what we now call the Navajo rug. Juan Lorenzo Hubbell was one of several traders who encouraged his local weavers in the Ganado and Klagetoh areas to weave for the new (because of the recent advent of the railroad) tourists and the greater United States market. These "rugs" became a substitute for the usual "oriental" rug in many homes nationwide.
Stimulated by the Arts and Crafts movement's reaction to the Industrial Revolution, many Eastern US households had "Indian Rooms" where they could retreat from the new mass production of the turn of the Twentieth Century world. Hubbell started out encouraging his local weavers to reproduce classic wearing blanket themes but soon recognized, along with fellow trader C.N. Cotton, that the new market focused more on a bordered "rug" style, heavier, durable but tight floor weight product to be used in the home.
As a successful trader, Hubbell and his weavers developed a central diamond style (perhaps copying the Oriental lozenge pattern) with either a red - Ganado background or a grey - Klagetoh background. These textiles soon became the most popular style and are recognized as "The Indian Rug". The Gandado Trading Post was a main supplier to the multi-faceted Fred Harvey Company and their "Indian" stores along the Santa Fe Railroad.
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