Handmade Universe Star Zapotec Wool Rug 2'5 x 5' (Mexico) - 2'5 x 5'

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ITEM# 11485813
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    ITEM#: 11485813

    This handmade creation is offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.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.

    Product Features:

    • Dimensions: 4.9 ft. L x 2.6 ft. W
    • Weight: 2.8 lbs
    • Colors: Red, Blue, Yellow
    • Shape: Rectangle
    • Material: 100% wool
    • Type: Rug
    • Pattern: Geometric
    • Designed for floor use
    • All natural dyes
    • Care instructions: Dry clean only
    • Made in Mexico

    Story Behind the Art: 

    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. My name is Mario Chávez Gutiérrez and according to legend, the Lord of the Universe descended in the village where I was born. His mission was to make art flourish in the region, and let the loom recreate the beauty of the universe. That's why I called my workshop Teotl – tlan, because in the Náhuatl language it means House of God.

    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 to 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. I want to give a present made with my hands to the world, as a gift from Teotl-Tlan.

    Tip: We recommend the use of a non-skid pad to keep the rug in place on smooth surfaces.

    Please allow 10 business days for the product to leave our warehouse and to receive tracking information. You should expect to receive this item within 15 business days.

    Tip: We recommend the use of a non-skid pad to keep the rug in place on smooth surfaces.

    All rug sizes are approximate. Due to the difference of monitor colors, some rug colors may vary slightly. We try to represent all rug colors accurately. Please refer to the text above for a description of the colors shown in the photo.


    Style Modern & Contemporary, Traditional
    Material Natural Fiber, Wool
    Pattern Geometric
    Feature Latex Free
    Weave Type Hand-Woven
    Color Red, Yellow
    Durability Moderate Traffic
    Product Features Handmade
    Rug Type Indoor
    Rugs by Room Entryway, Living Room
    Shape Rectangle
    Worldstock Worldstock
    • Even more beautiful than the picture
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      This rug is a work of art! Colorful, well made, lovely pattern and perfect for brightening up my kitchen! I would recommend this to anyone looking to add some color and "pizzazz" to their decor! The picture is nice, but the rug is really more beautiful than shown on line.And it even tells who the artist/weaver is... Great buy! Thanks Overstock!

    • little rug
      Verified Purchase

      The colors in this rug are vibrant! Good, wool quality. I wish I had other accents to match the bright colors...it's a bit loud, but brightens the place up.

    • Verified Purchase

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      "How thick is the pile?"

      • A:

        This is a flatweave rug and therefore has no "pile".

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