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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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Navajo regional Rug
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
Navajo regional Rug
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1008 Bids
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A Navajo Storm Pattern rug
Mar 12, 10:00 AM PDT
A Navajo Storm Pattern rug
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $700- $900
$5508 Bids
Navajo regional Rug
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
Navajo regional Rug
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1506 Bids
LARGE VINTAGE NATIVE AMERICAN WOOL BLANKET.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
LARGE VINTAGE NATIVE AMERICAN WOOL BLANKET.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1505 Bids
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A JB Moore Navajo textile
Mar 12, 10:00 AM PDT
A JB Moore Navajo textile
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,2005 Bids
Navajo Indian Saddle Blanket Rug
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Navajo Indian Saddle Blanket Rug
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $100- $150
$555 Bids
Navajo Transitional Germantown WEAVING Circa 1890
Mar 03, 10:00 AM PST
Navajo Transitional Germantown WEAVING Circa 1890
by California Auctioneers
Est: $8,000- $12,000
$4,0004 Bids
Sioux Painted Buffalo Hide Rug
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Sioux Painted Buffalo Hide Rug
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $500- $700
$4254 Bids
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A Navajo Tree of Life textile
Mar 12, 10:00 AM PDT
A Navajo Tree of Life textile
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $500- $700
$4003 Bids
Antique Navajo German Town Native American Indian Wool Rug Circa 1930
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Navajo German Town Native American Indian Wool Rug Circa 1930
by Winfield Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$1203 Bids
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A Navajo Second Phase chief's blanket
Mar 12, 10:00 AM PDT
A Navajo Second Phase chief's blanket
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,7003 Bids
Antique Southwest Native American Indian Navajo Style Wool Yei Rug Circa 1930
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Southwest Native American Indian Navajo Style Wool Yei Rug Circa 1930
by Winfield Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $400
$1303 Bids
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A Navajo Two Grey Hills rug
Mar 12, 10:00 AM PDT
A Navajo Two Grey Hills rug
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $800- $1,200
$4503 Bids
Vintage Geometric Navajo Native American Handwoven Rug Carpet Blanket
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Geometric Navajo Native American Handwoven Rug Carpet Blanket
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $400- $800
$302 Bids
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A Navajo Yei pictorial textile
Mar 12, 10:00 AM PDT
A Navajo Yei pictorial textile
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $600- $800
$3252 Bids
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A Navajo Late Classic child's blanket
Mar 12, 10:00 AM PDT
A Navajo Late Classic child's blanket
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,1002 Bids
Santa Catalina Peruvian Alpaca Wool Blanket
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Santa Catalina Peruvian Alpaca Wool Blanket
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $75- $125
$102 Bids
Two Southwest Weavings
Mar 02, 9:00 AM EST
Two Southwest Weavings
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$102 Bids
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A Navajo regional rug
Mar 12, 10:00 AM PDT
A Navajo regional rug
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $600- $800
$3252 Bids
Native American Parfleche and medicine bags
Mar 03, 10:00 AM PST
Native American Parfleche and medicine bags
by California Auctioneers
Est: $200- $600
$1001 Bid
Native American Handmade Blanket
Mar 23, 7:00 AM PDT
Native American Handmade Blanket
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
ANTIQUE NAVAJO WOVEN BLANKET.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE NAVAJO WOVEN BLANKET.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
ANTIQUE NAVAJO WOVEN RUG.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE NAVAJO WOVEN RUG.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $600- $800
$3001 Bid
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A Navajo saddle blanket
Mar 12, 10:00 AM PDT
A Navajo saddle blanket
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $700- $900
$3501 Bid

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