Navajo Carpets are made by members of the Navajo Nation, an indigenous tribal group whose territory is located in the southwest United States, specifically in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Initially the Navajo produced blankets but their interaction with traders led to a demand for rugs. Contemporary rug designs reflect their history with trading posts, American culture, and Mexican colonists while integrating traditional elements and colors. Whether antique or contemporary, Navajo carpets are valued for their beauty and high quality.
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Design: Navajo Design Wool Carpet
Style: Antique Flat Weave Navajo Design Wool Carpet
Material: 100% Wool
Colors: Rust, Blue, Orange, Yellow, Green, Brown, Ivory, Purple, Pink
Size: 8' X 15'11"
Rug Number: 70001554
Native American Navajo rugs represent the native American Indian contribution to the world of textile production. The origins of Navajo weaving, however, are difficult to trace back before the late nineteenth century. The oldest surviving instances of Navajo weaving date back to 1805. Sheep wool was first introduced by the Spaniards several hundred years ago, but Navajo rug and blanket production only seems to have begun after American control was established. Many of the designs were supplied by Caucasian American entrepreneurs, sometimes using Oriental tribal rug patterns. Navajo carpets that have vegetable dyes predating the introduction of industrial synthetics are also most desirable.
Navajo rugs and Native American Indian blankets are intricately geometric, woven in which the weft is packed tightly, making the warp invisible. Widely known for striking patterns, worked in dyed fibers ranging from soft, natural colors to more brightly colored yarns dyed with synthetic color, Navajo master weavers worked with many different styles of design. Wide bands of color mixed with stepped diamonds and other geometric patterns make this a very recognizable rug-type. Initially, there were few colors available from which to dye the fibers. Indigo was a very expensive and hard dye to render. Yellow was made from rabbit brush, a plant covered in yellow flowers. Occasionally green could be made from mixing the indigo and rabbit brush dyes. White and black were also used. Red, until the late 1800’s, was only available by taking apart red trade cloth. Today, dyes are made from widely available organic dye sources and by synthetic means.
A few examples of well-known patterns made today are Western Reservation, Wide Ruins, and Ganado. Though sometimes used on floors, Navajo rugs are more often used as tapestry wall-hangings.
Navajo rugs are famous for their unique, colorful designs and durability making them last for years. With the advent of machine spun wool manufactured in the Germantown area of Pennsylvania, the Navajo had access to brighter, more durable color dyes for their textiles.
Thanks to a revival of traditional textile artisan-ship at the turn of the twentieth century and spurred by the Fred Harvey Company, the Navajo found success by moving back to hand spun wool and dyes for their weaving. In modern times, the 19th century Navajo rugs and Navajo Chief Blankets especially are considered highly collectible. In fact, Chief Blankets are extremely highly prized for their beauty and rarity, and continue to increase in value over time, making them the perfect addition to your collection.