NRG: American Indian Rugs

American Indian RugsBeautiful, handmade textiles, including American Indian rugs, wall hangings, blankets, and tapestries, are often overlooked as the brilliant works of art they are. Functional art, such as textiles and pottery, is too often devalued in comparison to fine art, such as painting and sculpture. Fortunately, this trend is changing, as crafts are finally being given their due in thousands of museums across the United States and the world at large.

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The American public is beginning to accept what art historians have known for ages: handicrafts like American Indian rugs should be recognized and celebrated as one-of-a-kind artworks. Being useful doesn't make an American Indian rug from any less artistic than a sculpture, nor does its placement on the floor make it any less beautiful than a painting hung on the wall.

The Getzwiller's are the family behind; their gallery Nizhoni Ranch and Steve are also a recognized expert in the history of Navajo textiles and the author of The Fine Art of Navajo Weaving. Mr. Getzwiller is actively involved in a number of museum exhibitions celebrating American Indian rugs, blankets, and wall hangings. You can read more about The Desert Caballeros Western Museum, The Getzwiller Collection of Historic and Early Regional Textiles, and The Getzwiller Collection of Contemporary Navajo Weaving (1975-2000) under the Museum Exhibitions link at

Better than reading about art, however, is owning and displaying an original work of art in your own home. Buying your first handmade American Indian rug is an experience you'll remember for the rest of your life. Once its graceful, spiritual beauty fills your home, you'll better appreciate the artist who spent months or even years weaving your treasured rug.