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Navajo Rugs

Navajo Rugs

The tradition of Navajo Rug weaving combines many aspects of Navajo life into one enduring discipline. The materials, the method, the skill, and the meaning all come together, woven into one beautiful work of cultural art.

Sheep are very important to the Navajo people. The Wool Rugs woven by Navajo artists are made from this important part of the reservation. This gives the Navajo Rug a very close tie to the land and to life on the reservation. The most traditional Navajo weaving is made from wool dyed with natural materials collected from the plants and minerals found in the surrounding environment.

It takes great skill and a lot of time and patience to weave a rug. Just setting up the loom takes a lot of know-how and understanding about what it's going to take and what pitfalls can occur through the weaving process. The looms are very similar to what they used centuries ago but made from modern materials for added strength. The method is the same, carefully intertwine the thread in and out from one end to the other, then tighten with the shed stick, changing colors and thread all the time to create the pattern. This requires planning, incredible concentration, and patience. One thing people don't consider is the space required to weave a rug. About half of a whole room is required and the loom is set up along a wall from one end of the space to the other. So rug weaving is more than a hobby, it's a way of life! The Rug is a part of a weavers life and it lives with them while it is being created. It is born into the family and grows while everyday life continues around it.

The geometric patterns and designs of Navajo Rugs are the roots of the Navajo aesthetic. The traditional patterns have a unique history but the shapes and symmetry are the real core of the Navajo artistic theme. The meaning of Navajo Wool Rugs is more in the process than in the patterns on the surface. The meaning is in the tradition and the practice. The meaning is in the skills and techniques passed down for generations. They are about creating something useful, beautiful and enduring from very little. Each weaving is given a piece of the weavers spirit. Although they hope to get that piece back so they can continue to weave more rugs, the idea that they gave a piece of themselves to create the work of art is very true and this gives the rugs another layer of meaning.

Navajo Rugs are one of the the most special works of art that can be used to bring the feeling and energy of the Southwest to the decor of a room. At Alltribes, we appreciate the art of Navajo Rug weaving as much as the other arts, including the jewelry. Our collection reflects that appreciation and we have a wide variety of Navajo Indian Rugs & Blankets with all of the different patterns and styles, new and old, antique or modern. Find all of the styles here; Chimayo Rugs, Storm Pattern Rugs, Zapotec Rugs, Valero Star Rugs, Two Grey Hill Rugs, Saddle Blankets, Klagetoh Rugs, Wide Ruins Rugs, Antique Vintage Rugs, Tree of Life Rugs, and Ganado Rugs. Together with the owner, we have been buying and selling Navajo Rugs for over 50 years. The knowledge and experience is what gives our selection of Native American Rugs such a high quality and reasonable price.

More about the patterns: Early American settlers moved into the southwest and set up trading posts to deliver the goods and artwork of the southwest tribes to the east. As the appreciation of Navajo Wool Rugs took hold back East, traders were buying Navajo Rugs by the pound and selling them back east by the bale. Over time the market and the traders influenced and encouraged the Navajo to weave blankets and rugs with distinct styles. Different regions and groups developed their own patterns which became a part of their identity. They included "Two Gray Hills", "Teec Nos Pos" and "Ganado". These were often organized black and white geometric patterns with red accents and focal points. The "Crystal" rugs had a more oriental and Persian influence, while the "Wide Ruins" and "Chinlee" offered eye-dazzling banded geometric patterns. "Klagetoh" used a unique combination of bold diamond type patterns to create its own look as did "Red Mesa". Many of these Navajo rug patterns exhibit a fourfold symmetry, which is thought to embody traditional ideas about harmony.

Today Navajo rug making is a fine art for which few young people have the time or patience. Fortunately, the tradition is still passed down - mostly within families. Weavers now choose whether to work with natural or commercial dyes based on cost and durability requirements. While many still weave the traditional patterns, there is a greater variety of designs and themes as artists include their personal expression and the younger generation brings new ideas into the tradition. Alltribes has the opportunity to buy, sell and trade with some of the best Navajo weavers in the Southwest.

Native Americans have been handcrafting jewelry since they first drew inspiration from their natural surroundings and transformed shell and stone into wearable jewelry. Some of the oldest discovered pieces date from over 10,000 years ago. The skilled artisans at Alltribes continue the age-old tradition and create captivating works of art that will surpass your expectations!

Alltribes is one of the rare workshops that you can actually come in and visit, and see the artists creating extraordinary pieces of jewelry. While most of our silversmiths are Navajo, we employ artists of a wide variety of backgrounds. Some work from home, on the reservation, and some work here in our shop. We are conveniently located near Scottsdale, Mesa and Phoenix, AZ in the historic town of Gilbert. Alltribes Native American Art and Jewelry blends ancient history, natural beauty, and unparalleled expertise flawlessly.

Our Jewelry

The design and quality of our Silver and Turquoise jewelry are unmatched and stand far above the rest. Turquoise conveys a special meaning as it has for centuries and in populations across the globe. Turquoise signifies healing, spirit and good fortune. With masterful techniques, our artisans incorporate this semi-precious stone into beautiful and intricate designs, drawing customers from around the world.

You can own a piece of Native American artistry without spending a fortune. Alltribes provides deep discounts because we don't purchase our jewelry elsewhere. Our in-house artists and silversmiths create custom pieces without the extra expenses of middlemen, shipping and tariffs.

Our Local History

Gilbert, AZ provides the ideal location for crafting our Native American jewelry. The Navajo and Hopi Indian tribes have inhabited nearby lands for many thousands of years. Their eternal respect for natural beauty and their innate talent shines through in every handcrafted piece of jewelry.

Our dazzling, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise comes from a nearby mine in Globe, AZ. This unique and exceedingly rare turquoise is renowned for its hardness, durability, and gorgeous color. Our artisans preserve the natural beauty of this precious stone, so you can admire its elegance for years to come. A hand buffed polish protects the stones and heightens its natural beauty.

Our Tradition

In addition to Native American jewelry, Alltribes upholds the ancient traditions of Native Americans by offering more than remarkable jewelry. We offer a wide variety of Native American Cultural Art including authentic Hopi Kachina dolls, pueblo pottery, Navajo Wool Rugs, hand-dyed leather belts, dreamcatchers, tomahawks and other Southwestern and Native American artifacts, to beautify your home and your life. It is our pleasure, to help spread knowledge about the Native American culture to the general public.

As part of our continuing effort to inform and inspire, we offer a vast array of in-depth knowledge for those who want to learn more about Native Americans and the Southwest. Our online knowledge center is free for all and includes some of the most interesting and complete information available online.

Alltribes has been serving our valued customers for over 50 years, so you can rest assured that when you have a question or concern, we'll be right here, ready to help. When you purchase something online today, you never know if the company will still be there, next week or next month.

Alltribes' reputation and longstanding experience ensure you get more than just jewelry – you get a wealth of seasoned knowledge and exceptional service…..that you can count on! We consider our customers to be part of our extended family and we're proud to say that our family now spans continents. We'd love to have you join us!

In addition to our local Native American products, we offer distinguished wares, sourced from Native American tribes across the U.S. Navajo, Hopi, Zuni and other Native American artists provide one-of-a-kind items that we proudly offer to you, at direct to you prices!

Alltribes is much more than just a manufacturer, store and knowledge center. We keep a jewelry workshop on site. If you want a custom design, our silversmiths will work with you to turn your dream into reality. Have an idea for something new? Talk with our artisans and discuss how to bring it to fruition. And should your beloved jewelry ever need to be repaired, we help with that, too.

Whether you're a Native American enthusiast, a collector, a designer or simply someone who loves beauty, Alltribes showcases a diverse collection of superior artifacts, sure to satisfy even the most selective customer.