If you are looking to add some warmth and character to your living space then incorporating elements of Navajo style can work really well, and it’s very on trend at the moment too.
Navajo is the name of a large Native American tribe located in the Four Corners area of the Colorado plateau in the U.S Southwest. The Navajo tribe have a strong tradition of creating textiles, in particular rugs, which are characterised by strong geometric patterns and colourful fabrics, often using a lot of warm reds. Turquoise is also present in many Navajo creations due to its strong cultural importance within the Navajo.
Traditionally Navajo weaving coloration was mostly natural brown, white and indigo. But in more recent times the palette has expanded to include red, black, green, yellow and grey.
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The feel of Navajo design is often similar to that of traditional Eastern Europe and Western Asia textiles. In fact, in the 19th century traders even encouraged the Navajo to adopt eastern Kilim designs.
The strong patterns of Navajo design are very recognisable and timeless in their appeal, looking as fresh today as many modern designs. One of the most common Navajo patterns of the 20th Century is the ‘Eyedazzler’, consisting of small serrated diamonds which appear to form rows of bigger serrated diamonds. This design amongst others have been used by many of today’s most known fabric houses to create their own fabric ranges.
Such strong use of patterns and colour can sit well in today’s interiors, but it is important not to use too many different patterns on too many surfaces unless you are going for a ‘maximalist’ look. The look is best incorporated through the use of small textiles, such as footstools, scatters cushions and of course rugs.
If you are going to use more than a couple of different prints within a space ensure that the colour schemes of each relate to one another.
A footstool in a Kilim style print and matching scatter cushions is an easy way to incorporate this look without it becoming too overpowering. The Navajo are also known for their pottery. It's distinctive, colorful yet very diverse style makes it very attractive to the modern eye. Place a few well chosen pieces on a side table or mantle piece as decorative accents that will add character and style to your home.
If you are interested in having an item of upholstery made in any of the fabrics above, please visit one of our stores where a friendly member of staff will be on hand to help.