Southwestern Rugs

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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The Style of Southwestern Rugs

Southwestern rugs are famous for bright colors and intricate, often geometric, designs. They are usually handmade by Native Americans who learned a specific set of weaving skills from their ancestors who created rugs and blankets for their Spanish captors three hundred years ago. Initially the rugs were traded for other goods. Later, they were sold in the network of federally-backed trading posts throughout the West.

Today, many of the best of these skilled weavers sell their products in museum shops and art galleries. There are, in fact, weavers who work exclusively on commission and who will design a custom pattern for you. Others sell their rugs through the few remaining trading posts, some of which sell online.

Southwestern Rugs in Your Home

You can find all kinds of places to use these remarkable rugs in your home. They are excellent in dens and bedrooms and can bring a splash of color to almost any other room in your house. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes but are most often created as rectangles.

Look for these excellent rugs on any website that sells rugs. Vendors carry them because they are so popular in just about every corner of the world. You will find that online vendors offer sales and discounts and, sometimes, even free shipping. Make sure that you check for product guarantees as well. You will be delighted with the quality of the handmade rugs you purchase online.

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