How To Spin Selvedge Edge Cords For Navajo Rugs
Navajo rugs are known for their striking diagonal lines and “Weaver’s Pathway” motifs. In this article, I’ll discuss how to spin these side selvage cords to produce your own hand-woven Navajo rug. I’ll also cover how to spin the selvage cords for a more traditional look. Once you’ve learned how to spin the side selvage cords, you’ll have no problem creating a gorgeous rug!
Navajo rugs have a “Weaver’s Pathway”
Navajo rugs are often called woolen rugs, despite their name. In fact, these rugs are made of hand-spun wool. Hand-spun wool yarns are often non-parallel, while combed wool yarns are parallel. These rugs are created using the same process as traditional woolen rugs. For example, a rug with a “Weaver’s Pathway” design is called a Moki rug. Moki is the Spanish word for the Hopi people.
They are cross-shaped motifs with small squares or other geometric motifs
These rugs are often decorated with a wide range of geometric motifs, including stars, squares, and triangles. These designs are often a variation of the traditional Navajo style, and many pieces display a mixture of geometric and traditional motifs. Some rugs have a pronounced Navajo design, and some have intricate designs that are completely unique to them. The Navajo design is also often based on the traditional beliefs of the tribes.
They have a latent defect
Navajo rugs are woven with wool or cotton yarn for the warp and weft. Often dyed with aniline or vegetable dyes, Navajo rugs have a pronounced seersucker appearance. The edges of the rug are sewn with cords known as spin selvage edge cords. Unevenly spun or strung warp threads can also cause a seersucker look. The problem is hard to detect in ordinary rugs.
They have a twisted side selvage cord
A twisted side selvage cord is a common feature of Navajo rugs. The cord is tied around the outside edge of the piece to create a more traditional look and feel. While Mexican weavers use three to four warps, a Navajo rug will usually have only one thick warp and a twisted cord. A twisted side selvage cord will also often show fringe.
They have a tassel
Navajo rugs have traditionally been hand-spun, with wool and cotton yarns being the primary materials. While rugs made in China and Mexico have used acrylic and synthetic fibers, authentic Navajo rugs are not machine-made. Machine-made rugs are usually more precise and symmetrical, while genuine Navajo rugs never have uniform patterns. Also, Navajo rugs are rarely dyed with very vivid colors. They also typically do not have tassels.
They are dated according to the evolution or degeneration of design
The side selvage cords that adorn Navajo Rugs are dated based on the design’s evolution or degeneration. The dark wool in the background and the light side selvage cords make these rugs stand out. Jennie Slick is one of the most famous master weavers. This finished Navajo rug shows no fringe. The side selvage cords are more prominent against the dark wool background.