Nizhoni Ranch Gallery Featured in Floor Coverings Today, May 2018
Nizhoni Ranch offers handmade woven rugs
Monday, May 07, 2018
By Caroline Alkire
This Ganado-Klagetoh weaving was created by Navajo Master Weaver Rita Clah.
[Sonita, Ariz.] Woven rugs are wonderfully unique, and while they are (of course) great for spring and summer décor, these rugs are more than just a floor covering — they're art.
No one understands this concept better than Steve and Gail Getzwiller, who, drawn to the beauty and complexity of woven rug design, began meeting with Native American weavers in the 1970's. Steve listened to their stories and soon started collecting Navajo rugs.
In the months following Steve was able to create a business out of his passion, and Gail started a website to grow it. In 2000, the Getzwillers opened up Nizhoni Ranch Gallery in southern Arizona. The ranch now sells handmade Navajo rugs.
"First and foremost, the differences between a rug made on a machine and one woven by hand cannot be overstated. Classic or contemporary, Navajo weavings will last through many years of use, as opposed to a machine-made rug," explained Steve.
"Navajo Rugs are handmade with the spirit of the Mother Earth and the Navajo People,” explained Gail. “Navajo Rugs bring a peaceful spirit into your home."
Below, FCW has outlined a few of the rugs Nizhoni Ranch carries.
The Churro 1518, woven in the fashion of an Old Style Crystal, was created by Navajo Master Weaver Elsie Bia and is the second place 2017 Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial award winner.
"The Moki Blanket offers a unique narrow striped styling that generally alternates between dark blue and black or brown rhythmic banding," explained Gale. "One of the most historic Navajo weavings, they’ve been in use since the early 1700's."
Nizhoni Ranch Gallery, located in Sonoita, Ariz., features rugs, weavings and pottery handcrafted by Navajo Master Weavers.
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