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TAB – Rio Grande Weaving

Classic Rio Grande Period: 1600 – 1848

Blankets produced on Hispanic looms during this period have become known as ” Rio Grande Blankets.” They are identified as made from coarse, homespun wool and decorated in solid colors (brown or blue) with simple stripes. These blankets were so popular with frontiersmen in the Southwest that by 1840, 20,000 “Rio Grande” blankets were exported annually to Mexico over the Santa Fe – Chihuahua Trail. This strong connection to Mexico is evident in the adoption in the mid-19th century of the “Saltillo Serape,” originally designed and produced in Saltillo, Mexico, as a standard for Hispanic weavers in the Southwest.