Indian rug – Navajo rug replica, 33″ x 65″, $149

Navajo RugsThis wool Indian rug replicates the classic Teec Nos Pos Navajo rug. Teec Nos Pos was recognized as a rug style in the 1950’s. These Native American rugs have a Persian flamboyance, incorporating bright and bold red, pink, blue, and bright colored yarns. The interior designs of Teec Nos Pos Navajo Indian rugs are not standardized, ranging from a central lozenge design, to centers with flamboyant interlocking diamonds. The Teec Nos Pos features a variety of unusual, often geometric motifs, forked zigzag lines, or stylized feathers and arrows that float against a neutral colored background.

Due to the steady increase in demand and value, in recent years, of Navajo rugs; Nepal weavers, indigenous to India and Tibet, began successfully replicating Navajo textiles; and produce a high quality reproduction, but at a much lower price than a truly authentic Navajo rug or blanket. The Tibetan-Nepalese weavers also have an old tradition of textile manufacture. The first written evidence of weaving in Nepal, is in the Indian sources of the Asoka period, in the second century AD. The rug weaving industry spread around Nepal in 1959, when 15,000 Tibetan refugees settled in Nepal, especially inside the Kathmandu Valley. Master weavers from Gyantse, the best carpet making area of central Tibet, who settled in Nepal eventually taught their skills to others, resulting in an increase in production of high quality hand-woven rugs. By mid 1970, the rug weaving business was firmly established and continues to grow today.