Native American Baskets & Rugs

Woven in Tradition

Basket weaving spans Native American cultures across the Southwest and throughout the country.

The Southwest region offered ample plant variety for weaving strong baskets, though unfortunately, preservation techniques of these original baskets was less available. The handwoven baskets were used to carry, store, and preserve goods.

Now, the tradition of basket weaving continues, though primarily decorative and ceremonial.


Navajo rugs hold a rich and culturally significant history that dates back centuries. These intricately woven textiles are a vital part of Navajo culture, reflecting their deep connection to the land and the artistic traditions of the tribe. Navajo rugs are known for their striking geometric designs and vibrant colors derived from natural dyes. The history of Navajo rug weaving can be traced back to the mid-17th century when the Spanish introduced sheep to the region, providing the Navajo people with a new source of wool for their creations. Over time, weaving techniques and designs evolved, and Navajo rugs became highly sought after by collectors and art enthusiasts.

Weaving a Navajo rug is a labor-intensive process that requires great attention to detail. The weaver must carefully select and prepare the wool, design the pattern, and then weave it together using a traditional vertical loom. Each rug is a unique piece of art, and the weaver’s personal touch is evident in the final product. The creation of these rugs is not only a creative outlet to preserve the art form for future generations, but also a source of income for many Navajo families.

Beautiful sunset over famous Buttes of Monument Valley on the border between Arizona and Utah, USA
Monument Valley, AZ

Tribes associated with The grand canyon's history

Havasupai Tribe – AZ

Hopi Tribe – AZ

Hualapai Tribe – AZ

Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians – AZ

Las Vegas Band of Paiute Indians – NV

Moapa Band of Paiute Indians – NV

Navajo Nation – AZ

Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah – UT

San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe – AZ

The Pueblo of Zuni – NM

Yavapai-Apache Nation – AZ