Native American Rugs
“Navajo women weavers, as has often been said, are among the best in the world.” Raymond Friday Locke
Handmade Native American rugs and textiles are truly works of art; they are one-of-a-kind items that take many months to create. The handmade Navajo rugs sold through Navajorug.com are part of a sacred history that dates back more than 300 years, when weaving was introduced to the Navajo tribe. But the gorgeous Native American rugs, wall hangings, blankets, and other textiles available from Navajorug.com are not just representatives of the past; they’re also emblems of “The Next Phase” of Navajo weaving.
3rd Phase Navajo Chief Blanket, Judy Marianito (First View June 2012 3′ x 4′)
Many Navajo weaving historians and experts agree that now is the most exciting moment in Native American textiles history in the past 100 years! Experts like Steve Getzwiller are helping to lead the Navajo weavers into a new era of design–one that pays homage to the past while looking expectantly toward the future.
Exciting developments include a return to blanket weaving, the reintroduction of Navajo-Churro wool, and the first uses of alpaca, silk, and other new materials in traditional blanket weaving. In all instances, Steve Getzwiller and Navajorug.com are helping to lead the charge, along with a cadre of brilliantly gifted Navajo weavers.
Cara Gorman at Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly with 2009 Award Winner Weavings.
By purchasing contemporary Native American rugs handcrafted from Navajo-Churro wool, you can become a part of this thrilling Next Phase of Navajo art. Owning a contemporary, handmade Navajo rug at this important moment in time is a great opportunity; Navajo weaving is at a crossroads, and those who buy now will have a remarkable and durable piece of design history to bequeath to their children and grandchildren.
Navajo weaver at her outdoor loom in Canyon de Chelly. by E.S. Curtis, 1907
Description by Edward S. Curtis: “The Navaho-land blanket looms are in evidence everywhere. In the winter months they are set up in the hogans, but during the summer they are erected outdoors under an improvised shelter, or, as in this case, beneath a tree. The simplicity of the loom and its product are here clearly shown, pictured in the early morning light under a large cottonwood.”