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AN EXCITING TIME IN NATIVE AMERICAN TEXTILE HISTORY

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.

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NATIVE AMERICAN TEXTILE HISTORY

WHY BUY NAVAJO TEXTILES?

Master weaver Ellen Smith demonstrates The Fine Art of Navajo Weaving. She is featured on the book by the same name, written by Steve Getzwiller with photographs by Ray Manley. The book has been to the go-to guide for collectors and aficionados across the world of Navajo Textiles. When it comes to Navajo Textiles. We call it Navajo Weaving 101.

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WHY BUY NAVAJO TEXTILES?

TIMELESS TURQUOISE JEWELRY

Handmade, Navajo Indian turquoise jewelry and coral jewelry is timelessly beautiful. These pieces never go out of style; colorful Navajo jewelry was as popular in the 1920s, then again in the 1960s and '70s, as it is today! Other types of jewelry may fade out of style (think mood rings, gold nugget jewelry, or other fads), but Navajo Indian turquoise jewelry is forever.

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TIMELESS TURQUOISE JEWELRY

NATIVE AMERICAN BASKETS

Basketry is one of the oldest Native American arts. To compare: the Navajo have been weaving blankets and rugs for about 300 years, but archaeologists have discovered Native American baskets that are about 8,000 years old! 

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Native American Baskets

ABOUT NAVAJO RUG PATTERNS & STYLES

Starting in the 1920s and continuing through today, different Navajo rug designs were identified by and named for the region from which the design originated. Not every Navajo rug design is named for its region, but many are. For example, Sandpainting, Two-Faced, and Twill are a few examples of designs you'll find which are not identified with a region of the Reservation. Chinle, Ganado, and Teec Nos Pos are a few examples of Navajo rug designs which are named after a Navajo region.

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navajo rug patterns

THE 'NAVAJO SANDPAINTING WEAVING'PRESERVES TRADITION AND CEREMONY

The Navajo Sandpainting Weaving is ranked among the Navajo tribe's best known and best loved art forms. The original Navajo dry painting is traditionally performed for religious or medicinal purposes; it is a sacred practice. Sandpaintings are used in ceremonies designed to summon supernatural forces, they represent the Navajo's religious world and are customarily part of ceremonies that will heal and restore a patient that is out of balance.

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THE 'NAVAJO SANDPAINTING WEAVING' PRESERVES TRADITION AND CEREMONY

NAVAJO STYLE IN INTERIOR DESIGN

Ralph Lauren graces the cover of Architectural Digest and House Beautiful, and shows the whimsical way he uses Navajo weavings to grace and embrace his home, using them as rugs on the floor, wall hangings, and across the back of a couch or chair.

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NAVAJO STYLE IN INTERIOR DESIGN

HOW MUCH DOES A NAVAJO RUG COST?

This Navajo Rug cost and pricing guide is designed to help you develop an initial budget and understanding of Navajo Rugs. There are several things to consider when purchasing quality Navajo Rugs: Size, Age, Tightness of weave, Style, Dyes, Condition

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