This blanket, c.1940, is a twill double saddle blanket used to provide the important extra padding between the saddle and the horse.  The weaving of blankets was almost exclusively performed by women whilst the men were in charge of building the looms.  Navajo saddle blankets were a prized trade item for use on horses but also became popular as rugs and later as art to be hung on the wall.  The pattern and bands of color on this particular blanket are very striking and unique, therefore, it holds its own as a singular subject in this painting.

Original painting available through King Galleries  |  |  480.440.3912 (Santa Fe), 480.481.0187 (Scottsdale)