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Rug Designs and Patterns

Patterns are often developed within local communities or areas of Navajo country such as Two Grey Hills, Lukachukai, Black Mountain, Crystal, Teec Nos Pos, Ganado, Klagetoh and others. Each has unique colors and patterns or designs.

Tees Nos PosElder and Rug

These remained relatively “pure” designs within each region until transportation allowed the weavers to travel to other areas and see new designs and patterns which they incorporated into personal designs. The geographic identities remain with the pattern in spite of the fact they may have been woven in other areas.

Every weaver adds design elements that make each rug unique to that weaver. Although styles may still be used to “name” a design, each rug is original and may have variations of patterns, colors or other elements of creativity.

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One of the elements that is often used in designing rugs are various geometric patterns. These can be known as eye dazzlers for their use of triangular shapes, block designs, stripes and many other variations.

Geometric Pattern rugDiamond rug

Germantown Rug Younger weavers are introducing new and exciting patterns and designs of their own. One trading post, R. B. Burnham & Company of Sanders, Arizona is encouraging these young weavers by reintroducing Germantown yarns, which are being woven into unique and unusual new patterns. Burnham had to contact the original woolen mill in Germantown, Pennsylvania, which was established in 1883. It was necessary for Burnham to provide the mill with samples of the original yarns in order to match the exciting hues characteristic of Germantown yarns.