Each color I use comes from natural dyes and has a particular symbolism, explains Zapotec weaver Alberto Ruiz. "The colors are meant to replicate nature, so grays resemble cloudy days, green the Oaxaca hills in the summer time, and red reflects our sunsets." Ruiz weaves this wool rug on a traditional loom. Because each rug is individually woven, measurements could vary plus or minus 5 cm. Because color is obtained from natural dyes, tones may differ slightly.
About the Artist: Alberto Ruiz Garcia is the fourth generation in a family dedicated to weaving Zapotec rugs. ‘I remember as a child watching my father working on the loom while my mother and grandmother carded and dyed the wool so that the men could weave it. We shear the wool, spin it and dye it with tints from the cochineal insect, pomegranate peel, bark from the huajal tree that thrives here, as well as oak and pecan bark. Stones, dried flowers, almost all the rocks and flowers here yield natural colors.‘
The Alberto Ruiz Artisan Collection is brought to you by Novica in Association with National Geographic. This beautiful piece was handcrafted by Alberto Ruiz in Mexico. An artisan story card will be included with your purchase.
100 percent wool
Hand crafted Artisan quality
Each artwork is unique -- wood grain, color, and pattern will differ slightly from picture
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Also be aware that rug dimensions listed can vary by up to +/- 5%. Patterns and designs will be scaled to the rugs’ size & shape.
Crossing fields of red in neat
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Stunning red underscores a black frieze,
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