Featured in this lot is this Zapotec Oaxaca Saltillo medallion fletchas rug circa 1940's. The rug features a wonderfully and professionally crafted wool construction that features a beautiful decoration of layers of a central a stepped eight sided star and a medallion border that features stepped decoration with side borders of fletchas decoration all set to a light grey field that extends to the border of the blanket. The corner sections also feature eight sided star decoration is ended with a off white fringe. The coloration of this rug includes black, light blue, medium red, off white, and heathered grey. Saltillo sarapes – the prestigious Mexican wearing blankets – comprise one of the most remarkable weaving traditions in the history of the New World. Named for the town of Saltillo in northern Mexico where textiles were traded, Saltillo sarapes of the “classic” period (ca. 1750-1825) and “late classic” period (1800-1860) are among the most visually and technically superb examples of the weaver’s art. The origins of the Saltillo sarape, specifically information about the women weavers or their weaving conditions, design sources and its development into a highly sophisticated art form, remain obscure in Spanish Colonial history. Existing evidence indicates that, like so much of Mexican culture, Saltillo sarapes are the result of centuries of blending Native American and European traditions. The condition of this of this Zapotec Saltillo rug is good with no obvious signs of damage and shows good overall condition. The measurements of this Zapotec Saltillo rug is 66" x 42 1/4". Provenance: From the renowned Sundog Fine Art Bozeman, Montana collection and collected by Bruce VanLandingham. Bruce VanLandingham was a pillar in the American Indian collecting community and a respected expert. Along with being an avid collector, Bruce also was the sole owner of Sundog Fine Art Gallery in Bozeman, which was both part museum and gallery.