Sheep Colors from Two Grey Hills
“The community of Two Grey Hills first became known in the early 20th century for its bordered rugs with geometric patterning in natural sheep’s colors of tan, brown, gray, black, and white. The style evolved from rugs with simpler geometric designs that J. B. Moore and other traders promoted. Individual families in the area developed their own special versions of this bordered, geometric style in natural colors. In recent times, the term ‘tapestry’ has become the term for textiles with weft counts of more than 80 threads per inch. Nowadays, weavers from other communities borrow the Two Grey Hills pattern and colors because it is so popular among collectors.
“The ‘weaver's pathway’ often appears in Two Grey Hills and other bordered rugs. A slim line of color that exits a rug through its border near one corner, it is often considered a symbolic outlet that renews the energy of a weaver, so that she can return to her weaving refreshed.” —Ann Hedlund