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Which Navajo Rugs Are the Best?

Whether you’re decorating a traditional, contemporary or transitional space, there are many Navajo rugs to choose from. In this article, we’ll look at the differences between Bisti, Teec Nos Pos, and Transitional Blankets, and the importance of each. For the best results, look for a Navajo rug that has been crafted by a traditional tribe.

Teec Nos Pos

The Teec Nos Pos Navajo rug is considered one of the most intricately woven rugs in existence. This rug is named for a place important to the Navajo people, which is where they are woven. The rug is also known as the Ring of Cottonwood Trees rug, and it comes in two distinct styles. Though it shares many characteristics with Persian rugs, it is still considered a unique piece of art, with weaving that makes it a unique design.


The story of the Toadlena Navajo rug is as interesting as its pattern. The story of the rug begins in 1868 when the Navajo tribe moved to a reservation. In exchange for access to the reservation, fur trappers traded red cloth. Eventually, rug trading became a major industry in the region. As water became more plentiful, rug trading increased and the Toadlena Trading Post was born.


The Bisti Navajo rug is considered one of the finest examples of period weaving. The weaver was shown an illustration of a Persian rug and recreated it from memory while adding his own designs. This intricate tapestry features geometric patterns in stylized forms and colors. It is crafted from hand-spun wool with vegetative and aniline dyes. Its intricate design makes it an heirloom piece that will remain a treasure for years to come.

Transitional Blankets

The Transitional period of Navajo weaving refers to the time after the Navajo stopped weaving and wearing blankets. This period lasted between 1885 and 1910, and weaving methods were not yet well established in different areas. Women used the same techniques for weaving blankets as they did for floor rugs, and as a result, their rugs tend to be softer and more textured than the earlier, more traditional weaving styles.

Regional Navajo Rugs

Traditionally, the Navajo people have woven regional rugs, which are characterized by different designs and patterns. Regional rugs have developed on the Navajo reservation over time. Some regions were favored by weavers over others. In the Ganado area, for example, weavers realized that a red background was their best bet for a sale. These rugs are known as Ganado Red, and their central diamond pattern is found in a Betty Ann Nez rug. Other trading post owners had their own preferences, however. Two Grey Hills trading post owners preferred rugs that had natural wool colors and no chemical dyes.

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