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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Rare Navajo Yei Carpet / Rug
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Rare Navajo Yei Carpet / Rug
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Est: $10- $1,000
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Irene Yesslith Jeddito Vegital Navajo Rug
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Irene Yesslith Jeddito Vegital Navajo Rug
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Est: $0- $0
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Native American Red, White & Black Rug
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Native American Red, White & Black Rug
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Est: $0- $0
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Native American Majorie Benally Hand Woven Rug
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Native American Majorie Benally Hand Woven Rug
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Est: $0- $0
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Native American Ella Shorty Hand Woven Rug
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Native American Ella Shorty Hand Woven Rug
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Est: $0- $0
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Native American Navajo Woven Rug
Oct 31, 10:00 AM PDT
Native American Navajo Woven Rug
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Est: $200- $300
$1754 Bids
Vintage Native American Hand Woven "Diamond" Rug
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Native American Hand Woven "Diamond" Rug
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
Native American Hand Woven Navajo Rug
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Native American Hand Woven Navajo Rug
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
Native American Navajo Hand Woven Yei Rug
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Native American Navajo Hand Woven Yei Rug
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
Framed Navajo Woven Carpet or Rug
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Framed Navajo Woven Carpet or Rug
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$2803 Bids
Vintage Native American Hand Woven "Tree of Life" Rug
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Native American Hand Woven "Tree of Life" Rug
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
Vintage Native American Hand Woven "Yei" Rug
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Native American Hand Woven "Yei" Rug
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
Native American Tribal Saddle Blanket Rug
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Native American Tribal Saddle Blanket Rug
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
Verda Toledo Jemez Pottery Pueblo dough bowl by VJT Hummingbird Pot V.J.T.
Oct 30, 6:00 PM MST
Verda Toledo Jemez Pottery Pueblo dough bowl by VJT Hummingbird Pot V.J.T.
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Est: $100- $250
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Large Vintage Navajo Dyed Wool Rug 84 x 41 Inches
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Large Vintage Navajo Dyed Wool Rug 84 x 41 Inches
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $0- $0
$2003 Bids
Vintage Native American Hand Woven Rug
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Native American Hand Woven Rug
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
Vintage Native American Hand Woven "Yei Corn Maze" Rug
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Native American Hand Woven "Yei Corn Maze" Rug
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
Vintage Native American Hand Woven "Yei" Rug
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Native American Hand Woven "Yei" Rug
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$402 Bids
Vintage Native American Hand Woven "Yei" Rug
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Native American Hand Woven "Yei" Rug
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
A small Navajo hand knotted wool area rug, 3'9 1/2" x 4'8" (115.6 x 142.2 cm)
Oct 27, 9:00 AM PDT
A small Navajo hand knotted wool area rug, 3'9 1/2" x 4'8" (115.6 x 142.2 cm)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $300- $500
$2402 Bids
Vintage Native American Hand Woven Rug
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Native American Hand Woven Rug
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Vintage Native American Hand Woven Rug
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Native American Hand Woven Rug
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
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NAVAJO WEAVING Early 20th Century 54.5” x 106”.
Nov 18, 9:30 AM EST
NAVAJO WEAVING Early 20th Century 54.5” x 106”.
by Eldred's
Est: $800- $1,200
$4752 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Indian Rugs & Textiles


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