Authentic Navajo Rugs | Native American Textiles
Historians believe the Navajo learned how to weave wool rugs from the Pueblo Indians before the 18th century. Some of the earliest examples of Navajo rugs and blankets (American Indian tribes used to use rugs and blankets interchangeably) date from the site of the Massacre Cave established in 1805 near Canyon de Chelly and Chinle, Arizona. Fragments of these vintage Navajo rugs show conservative designs influenced by Pueblo art. Narrow bands of contrasting or alternating colors, the use of natural sheep wool shades (tan, brown, black and white) and vegetable dyes consisting of vibrant yellows, verdant greens and deep rusts.
Important demarcations of the history of Navajo rug making include the Classic Period (1700-1840); the Late Classic Period (1840-1870); the Transition Period (1870-1900); the Rug Period (1900-1930) and the modern Regional Style Period seen today. Both antique and modern Navajo rugs remain some of the most collectible, sought after rugs in the industry.
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Navajo Nation Styles & Patterns with Distinctive Designs:
- Burntwater | Ganado | Klagetoh | Two Grey Hills
- Bistie | Chief Blankets | Chinle | Crystal
- Eye Dazzler | Germantown | Moki | Optical
- Pictorial | Pine Springs | Raised Outline | Red Mecca,
- Saddle Blankets | Sand Paintings | Serape
- Storm Pattern | Teec Nos Pos | Three Turkey Ruin
- Transitional | Tree of Life | Wide Ruins | Yei Be Chei