The Chief Joseph blanket may be the most recognized pattern of Pendleton’s Indian blanket patterns. First produced in the 1920’s, the Chief Joseph blanket is one of the oldest, on-going blankets made by Pendleton Woolen Mills. Its design is balanced with arrowheads symbolizing bravery and pointing in all directions of Mother Earth.
The blanket commemorates the heroism of the Northwest’s greatest Nez Perce warrior, Chief Joseph. His Nez Perce name was “Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kert” which means Thunder Rolling Down Hill. This woven jacquard pattern is reversible to offer two dramatically different looks.
Available Colors: Red, Black (shown), White, Royal Blue, Blue, Tan, Green, Antique Rose, Antique Green, Cardinal, Turquios, Navy
In 1923 President Harding and his wife visited the West to dedicate a portion of the Old Oregon Trail. At that ceremony, local Cayuse and Umatilla chiefs presented the First Lady with a Pendleton shaw. The pattern was inspired by Pendleton’s already famous Chief Joseph blanket pattern.
Modeled with a white background and softer colors, the Pendleton Harding blanket was presented to Mrs. Harding by Chief Cap Sumkins of the Cayuse Tribe and Chief Poker Jim of the Umatilla Tribe. Named as the Harding Robe in 1926, this Pendleton blanket is still recognized as one of the leading, vintage Indian blankets manufactured by Pendleton Woolen Mills today. It reverses for a different look.
Available Colors: White (shown), Black
The Over-All blanket pattern was first introduced by Pendleton in the 1920s. The pattern repeats the classic Nine Elements. This geometric pattern is softened with unique design elements while the pick and pick weaving with differ colors adds dimension. The repeated pattern has a curved edge and reverses
Available Colors: Purple, White, Grey, Royal Blue, Tan, Dark Green (shown), Cardinal Turquois.
The Hacienda blanket has an unnapped finish showing the nine-element design with geometric shapes and right angles. As with the early Navajo Chief blankets, this blanket has stripes, crosses which represent the four directions and completeness, triangle, diamonds, and arrows to signify movement, power, and life force.
The Ranch House blanket has the same design elements and unnapped finish as the Hacienda blanket. The rich reds, purples, turquoise, and gold make a striking statement representative of traditional Southwest Native American art.
The Canyonlands blanket was inspired by the magnificent vistas in Canyonlands National Park in Utah. The Native American-inspired pattern has rich layers of blues, pinks, reds, and tans. This blanket is unnapped.
The Spirit pattern is dramatic with the classic Nine Elements and rainbow bands. When reversed the black produces an elegant contrast effect.
Available Colors: Red, Green, Blue (shown), Turquois.
Other blanket patterns are available. Please contact me for availability.