NRG: Navajo Indian Rugs

Navajo Indian RugsExcerpt from "THE FINE ART OF NAVAJO WEAVING" by Steve Getzwiller, page 46....


By 1890 it was clearly up to the trader to establish new outlets for weaving if he and the Navajo were to prosper in their dealings together.  Several enterprising traders set about marketing a new concept in Navajo weaving, that of rugs for the floor.  Weavers were encouraged to work in larger sizes with a heavier weave and to incorporate borders into the patterns.  High quality aniline dyes had become readily available in a wide range of colors from traders throughout the Reservation.  These were used in combination with home spun wool to create the colorful and durable rug of this time.  With the exception of Germantown yarns, most other prespun wools had lost favor for reasons of price and availability.  The Eastern demand for the Navajo rug was tremendous.

Two of the most notable traders of this time were Lorenzo Hubbell of Ganado and J.B. Moore of Crystal . Both men developed their own distinctive style of rug patterns and insisted upon top quality work from their weavers' looms.

J.B. Moore produced a color brochure illustrating the range of patterns, sizes, quality, and price of the rugs that could be "special ordered" from him.  In addition to designing his rugs, he would send away the best wools he traded from the Navajo to be commercially cleaned and aniline dyed.  Upon their return he would commission the better weavers of his area to spin them and weave them with selected patterns and color combinations.  These first measures of quality control were effective and fruitful  The rugs he sold were considered to be some of the finest available."  

Navajo Indian RugsDecorating your home or office with beautifully made Navajo Indian rugs is such a joy. The Navajo Indian rugs you'll find at are one-of-a-kind works of art. Adding just a single piece to your home or office will add great beauty; decorating with multiple pieces will absolutely transform the space. At, you'll find contemporary and historic Navajo rugs, weavings, blankets, wall hangings, and other works of art--all unique and all incredibly beautiful.

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Navajo Indian rugs create a great decorative "balance." For example, woven Navajo pieces feature a masculine geometry, balanced by a feminine intricacy. Navajo rugs often use deep, rich colors that balance earthy warmth with understated reserve. Finally, Navajo rug designs and hues offer the perfect balance of playfulness with gravity. Lively yet dignified; warm yet serene; masculine yet feminine--is it any wonder these versatile rugs create such a sense of tranquility and harmony?  That is what the Navajo are all about harmony, balance is one of the desired states and their ceremonies are designed to bring balance and harmony to all participants.

Navajo rugs and wall hangings look amazing in a variety of spaces and alongside numerous decorative styles, but they look especially beautiful when paired with other earthy, natural materials. For instance, a hand-woven Navajo rug from would look terrific near a leather couch. A rich, luxurious shade of chocolate, tobacco, or cognac leather would work beautifully with the deep reds, grays, and blues of traditionally styled Navajo Indian rugs.

In addition to leather, Navajo rugs look fabulous against wood, stone, or brick. Architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and design movements like the American Arts and Crafts movement relied heavily on Native American designs and materials. Today, Navajo weavings can make everything from a wood-paneled office to a stone, stained glass and wood living room look simultaneously more important, warm, and inviting. You can bring this unique look to your home with hand-crafted rugs from!