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American Indian Rugs & Textiles

The weaving traditions of American Indians have produced some of the most spectacular examples of rug and textiles available on the market today. Perhaps best embodied by the production of the southwestern Navajo tribe, American Indian rugs and textiles tell a story of both loom expertise and personal history.

While Navajo origin stories suggest they gleaned their knowledge of weaving from the mythic Spider Woman, there is also evidence to suggest they trained with weavers of other tribes, such as the Pueblo. Eventually, the Navajo charted their own course in weaving, innovating in the way that they patterned their projects. Abandoning the earlier tradition of neat, uniform line patterns, Navajo weavers instead incorporated rich patterns, including zigzags and other geometric elements alongside vibrant color.

The Navajo weaving tradition created dynamic rugs and textiles that proved highly desirable. These rugs were so popular that following their appearance around the end of the 18th century, Navajo rugs were soon traded with populations across the continent.


Quick Facts

  • Navajo rugs were typically woven by the women of the tribe
  • The Navajo people first capitalized on their weaving skill for the creation of blankets; the transition to rugs and smaller panels occurred once demand from trading posts surged
  • In addition to the stylized zigzags, Navajo rugs also frequently exhibit the feature of diamond patterns, a motif believed to have been derived from contact with Mexican weavers

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NATIVE AMERICAN NAVAJO TWO GREY HILLS RUG
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
NATIVE AMERICAN NAVAJO TWO GREY HILLS RUG
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$62018 Bids
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LARGE NAVAJO TEEC NOS POS STYLE HAND WOVEN RUG
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
LARGE NAVAJO TEEC NOS POS STYLE HAND WOVEN RUG
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Est: $0- $0
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NAVAJO EYE DAZZLER HAND WOVEN RUG
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
NAVAJO EYE DAZZLER HAND WOVEN RUG
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Est: $0- $0
$26010 Bids
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VINTAGE NATIVE AMERICAN CHIMAYO WHIRLING LOG BLANKET RUG
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
VINTAGE NATIVE AMERICAN CHIMAYO WHIRLING LOG BLANKET RUG
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$52010 Bids
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NAVAJO LIGHTNING BOLT PATTERN RUG
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
NAVAJO LIGHTNING BOLT PATTERN RUG
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Est: $0- $0
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Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Woven Wool Navajo Tapestry / Wall Hanging
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
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$609 Bids
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NAVAJO KLAGETOH TURN OF THE CENTURY EYE DAZZLER RUG
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
NAVAJO KLAGETOH TURN OF THE CENTURY EYE DAZZLER RUG
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Est: $0- $0
$2208 Bids
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NAVAJO BANDED SADDLE BLANKET
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
NAVAJO BANDED SADDLE BLANKET
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$4208 Bids
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NAVAJO GANADO PATTERN WOOL RUG
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
NAVAJO GANADO PATTERN WOOL RUG
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$558 Bids
LARGE ANTIQUE NAVAJO GANADO TYPE RUG
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CST
LARGE ANTIQUE NAVAJO GANADO TYPE RUG
by Jackson's International
Est: $200- $400
$5507 Bids
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FIVE FEMALE YEI NAVAJO RUG WEAVING
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
FIVE FEMALE YEI NAVAJO RUG WEAVING
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
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NAVAJO HAND WOVEN RUG
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
NAVAJO HAND WOVEN RUG
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
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NATIVE AMERICAN NAVAJO TRIPLE DIAMOND RUG
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
NATIVE AMERICAN NAVAJO TRIPLE DIAMOND RUG
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Est: $0- $0
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BEAUTIFUL TRANSITIONAL NAVAJO GANADO INDIAN RUG
Nov 26, 9:00 AM MST
BEAUTIFUL TRANSITIONAL NAVAJO GANADO INDIAN RUG
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $500- $750
$2407 Bids
Very Nice Vintage Native American Indian Rug
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Very Nice Vintage Native American Indian Rug
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Est: $10- $1,000
$586 Bids
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NAVAJO HAND WOVEN EYE DAZZLE RUG
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
NAVAJO HAND WOVEN EYE DAZZLE RUG
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1206 Bids
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NAVAJO EYEDAZZLER HAND WOVEN RUG
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
NAVAJO EYEDAZZLER HAND WOVEN RUG
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$2406 Bids
Vintage Native American Indian Navajo Yei Rug
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Vintage Native American Indian Navajo Yei Rug
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$216 Bids
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NAVAJO TWO FEMALE YEI & CORNSTALK RUG WEAVING
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
NAVAJO TWO FEMALE YEI & CORNSTALK RUG WEAVING
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1505 Bids
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NATIVE AMERICAN NAVAJO TWO GREY HILLS RUG WEAVING
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
NATIVE AMERICAN NAVAJO TWO GREY HILLS RUG WEAVING
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$305 Bids
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NAVAJO REGIONAL FARM PICTORIAL HAND WOVEN RUG
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
NAVAJO REGIONAL FARM PICTORIAL HAND WOVEN RUG
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1805 Bids
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LORETTA SMILEY NAVAJO HAND WOVEN TWO GREY HILLS RUG
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
LORETTA SMILEY NAVAJO HAND WOVEN TWO GREY HILLS RUG
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
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NATIVE AMERICAN NAVAJO TWO GREY HILLS RUG
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
NATIVE AMERICAN NAVAJO TWO GREY HILLS RUG
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1104 Bids
Vintage Native American Woven Blanket Rug
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Vintage Native American Woven Blanket Rug
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
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