The world’s largest Navajo rug comes to La Posada: An intimate, behind-the-scenes video


In 1932, Lorenzo Hubbell of the famous Hubbell Trading Post network commissioned Sam and Julia Joe to weave the world’s largest Navajo Rug for promotional purposes. It has not been seen in public in over 50 years. Allan Affeldt purchased the rug in 2012. He donated it to the Winslow Art Trust and it will be displayed at the Route 66 Art Museum at La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona. On this day, the descendants of the Joe family have been invited to a private reunion at La Posada.

This event is especially touching because in attendance is Emma Joe, who as a child carded wool for 2 years to help make the rug. This will be the first time most of the members of the Joe family will see and touch the rug.

Filmed and edited by David Herzberg

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