Storm Pattern rug with spider hole by Mary Hosteenez (Navajo)
The Storm pattern rug is recognized by its design and not, as in the case of some rug styles, by its colors. The Storm pattern design is the only design that is supposed to represent a natural event. A typical Storm pattern rug has a block in the center representing the center of the universe. Four blocks in the corners represent the four winds, or the four sacred mountains of the Navajo, and are connected by zigzag elements which represent lightning. Other elements are frequently included between this main part and the border and may consist of stylized designs such as cloud forms, water beetles, arrows, feathers, and abstract geometric designs.
This rug is unique in that it has a large spider hole at its center. Navajo legend has it that weaving was taught to them by Spider Woman. When Navajo girls are born, tradition is that their hands and arms are rubbed with spider webs from a spider hole so that their hands and arms do not tire from the hard work and long hours required to weave a rug.
measurements: 39.5" x 61"