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Zapotec Wool Rug, 'Universe Star' (2.5x5)

Item # 37106
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A deep blue star appears in perfect symmetry to dominate a deep red universe. Woven by hand, it adorns a bold rug by Mario Chávez. He adds blue borders that emulate ancient pyramids and the Sierra Madre mountains. Titled "Estrella del Universo" in Spanish.

Because each rug is individually woven, measurements could vary +/- 3 cm (1.1 in). Made in Mexico.

  • Dry clean only
  • All natural dyes
  • Designed for floor use
  • 2.6 ft W x 4.9 ft L
  • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

Ships directly from our partner office in Mexico. Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping, and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes.

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Artisan: Mario Chavez

"I come from a family of weavers -- it is a legacy I inherited from my great-grandfather. Nowadays, my designs in wool are innovative, somewhat different to those of my great-grandfather.

"One day I looked around and I could see we were surrounded by art, but people didn't value it enough and poverty was settling into our community. I realized we had everything at our disposal, we just didn't know how to make good use of it. So I decided to try new and different things. I changed patterns and played with colors. My aim was to preserve and promote the beauty of the Zapotec art.

"The process starts with the wool -- we shear the sheep twice a year. Then it's washed and carded by the women. We thread and dye it with natural colorants such as cochineal, walnut tree bark and local flowers. We thread the wool on the pedal looms and commence weaving, a process which can take anywhere between one day and a whole month, depending on the design. To finish, we roll up the loose threads and tie them into knots. Finally, we check the rug to make sure it is of good quality and has no imperfections."

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