Navajo rugs are distinctive in both design and construction. The designs evolved from simple striped designs that were woven in the eighteenth century. These designs changed and became more complex when the settlers arrived in the Southwest. They brought along rugs that were made in the Middle East. The tribal designs from Turkey, North Africa, and Iran had diamond shapes and other geometric elements that were woven in a tapestry weave. There were trading posts in the Southwest where the rugs could be traded for food and supplies. The Middle Eastern tribal designs were shown to the Native Americans who then made a blended design that incorporated some of the elements of the Middle Eastern rugs. This was not difficult for the Native Americans because the method of weaving was very similar.
Southwestern designs compliment many home furnishing styles. The log house is a perfect place for southwestern styled area rugs. Southwest designs can be mixed with contemporary furnishings in a modern home. The country cottage, the home on the lake, the mountain cabin, and the beachfront vacation home are fine settings for a Southwest design rug. Rugs can be hung on walls, draped over furniture, and of course used on the floor.
There are many collectors of authentic genuine Native American rugs and pottery, baskets, and art. Reproductions are also available for those who want the look but not the higher cost. There are Southwest design rugs are available in many different constructions. There are hand made flat woven tapestry weaves, hand knotted pile rugs, hand tufted, hand hooked types, and machine power loomed rugs.
They are made of many different natural materials. 100% wool, wool blends, cotton, and jute. Synthetic fibers like nylon, polypropylene, olefin, acrylic, and viscose are also used in the construction of Southwest design rugs.
Some of the importers and manufacturers and their collections that make Southwest designs are:
Balta US - / American Rhythm Collection
Dalyn Rug Co -. / Avalon Collection
Sphinx Oriental Weavers - / Taba Collection
Capel Inc - / Crystalle Collection / Great Plains Collection / Fresh Air Collection
Couristan - / Taos Lodge Collection / Mirage Collection
Shaw - / Accents Collection / Origins Collection / New West Collection /Timber Creek Collection
Dynamic Rugs - / Bahia Collection
Trans-Ocean - /Sahara Collection
Surya - / Jewel Tones / Jewel Tones II / Dream Collection / Dream Collection / Duetto Collection / Navajo Collection
Nourison - / Dakota Collection
Radici - / Multicolor
United Weavers - / Genesis Collection / Pristine Collection / Styles Collection
Mohawk Select - / Bella Rouge
Majestic - / Bella Rouge
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