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Chiefs blankets are constructed in a wider than long format.

The First Phase Navajo Chiefs Blanket is simple with indigo blue stripes and white and brown natural churro wool.

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Navajo Blankets Navajo Saddle Blankets Navajo Burntwater Rugs Navajo Chinle Rugs Navajo Crystal Rugs Navajo Ganado Rugs Navajo Pictorial Rugs Navajo Red Mesa Rugs Navajo Teec Nos Pos Rugs Navajo Two Grey Hills Rugs Navajo Wide Ruins Rugs Navajo Yei Rugs Navajo Chiefs Blankets are the most recognizable and valuable of all Navajo weavings.

Navajo Chiefs Blankets have been collected not only by other Native Americans before the United States even existed, but also by such notable collectors as William Randolf Hearst.

For over fifteen years I have been researching the history of these blankets and recently published two books on the subject: The Blanket: an Illustrated History of the Hudson's Bay Point Blanket (Quantum/HBC, Toronto, 2002) and The Collector's Guide to Point Blankets (Cinetel, Bowen Island, 2003).

Since 2000 I have been a consultant to the Hudson's Bay Company building a collection of examples of all of their blankets and conducting seminars at their various stores and in museums examining antique point blankets for their curious owners.

A Navajo Chiefs Blanket could be purchased for around fifty dollars in the early 1800's, one thousand dollars by the turn of the nineteenth century, and today, a Chiefs blanket in excellent condition, could sell for half a million dollars or more. Mark Sublette, an authority on Navajo rugs and blankets, is one of the leading sources for authentification of these rare textiles.

Late Classic Navajo Third Phase Chiefs Blanket located in both Tucson and Santa Fe is one of the leading specialists in Navajo rugs and blankets. Navajo Chiefs blankets come in four phases, along with variants.

The blankets continue to be sold by Canada's Hudson's Bay stores and have come to hold iconic status in Canada.

In the United States they can be found at luxury department store and Hudson's Bay sister chain Lord & Taylor.

WHILE the aborigine of North America was familiar with the art of weaving prior to the coming of the Spaniards, it was much modified and improved after his advent.

The Navaho brought a rude loom and rude methods of work with him.

Welcome to the site exclusively dedicated to point blankets.

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