If you have a traditional Navajo Rug in your home, then you own a true treasure. These beauties are no easy task to make and the people that do them are true artists in every sense of the word.
They require hours and hours and hours of tedious and meticulous craftsmanship but the final product is like no other and always a special work of art.
“With deep roots in Arizona, four generations of the Garland family have worked with American Indian art. In the 1920s, Charles Isham worked as a sales clerk at the historic Red Lake Trading Post. Charles raised a family in Flagstaff, Arizona, including a daughter- Georgiana Isham. Georgie married William (Bill) Garland and in 1976, they built Garland’s Navajo Rugs in Sedona, Arizona in traditional trading post style- with native red rocks and thick wooden beams. Under Bill, his son Dan Garland, and wife Tricia, the business grew until it boasted the largest selection of Navajo Rugs in the world.
“All of our rugs are woven by Navajo weavers, most of whom live traditionally on the Navajo Reservation located across Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. This is the largest American Indian Reservation in the country, some 16 million acres with more than 350,000 Navajos. From the inception of weaving by the Navajos around 1700, weaving has provided an important economic benefit to the tribe and a fine outlet for their artistic talents. Their rugs are made in the weaver’s home or hogan on vertical looms using the same methods they have used for the past three hundred years. Today in the Southwest, the Navajos are the only Native Americans doing a large amount of weaving. We are presently getting less quantity of weaving than in the past, but the quality is the finest that it has ever been.” -Garland’s Indian Jewelry & Navajo Rugs
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