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How To Use A Southwest Table Runner For Rustic Home Decorating

Mar 20, 2008
A Southwest table runner is an excellent way to enhance that unique western, rustic or Native American style in your home decor. Because of their versatility and affordability, many people are choosing to buy their southwest table runner online. Used as western accents and also southwestern accessories, in dining rooms or when decorating a cabin or log home with a rustic or western theme, southwestern table runners give your home character and a true authentic Native American look. When buying American Indian style table runners, you will find a wide variety making it easy to use a western table runner and you will definitely want to put a few of the most popular and sought-after runners or table rugs in your home decor. These table runners have a rich history that has evolved over time and can truly be considered as pieces of art.

Among the most popular southwestern and western table runners, in Navajo patterns, each type of runner combines a variety of colors and characters, symbolizing spiritual or historic events and a variation of colors and designs.

Not only is a southwest table runner appreciated for its incredible beauty, but the skill and hard work needed in making Native table runners is also greatly appreciated. The makers of hand woven table runners work very hard and start the runner making process by kneeling in front of a vertical wooden-framed loom. The designs are then put into place by using a shuttle to weave a variety of colored yarn together, making geometric characters and designs. Initially, Navajo rugs as well as those of some other Southwest Indian tribes were weaved of hand spun cotton thread. However, once the wool of domestic sheep was introduced to the region by the Spanish settlers, the people mainly used wool to make their colorful rugs, table runners and other traditional weaving.

Today, many of the modern southwest table runners are woven in areas where Spanish and Native American histories joined together to create colorful designs. Southwestern table runners, with their natural earth tone colors and one-of-a-kind southwestern designs make them a great choice for rustic home decorating. If you are searching for great southwestern decor, you will probably purchase from American companies or directly from Native American weavers. Buying western table runners from Navajo or other American Indian tribes not only allows you the satisfaction of knowing that you have a southwest table runner that is made by Indians but also helps to support the Native American heritage of rug weaving, and the people who themselves sell their rugs, runners, and Native American art.

The table runner style you purchase will strongly depend on what your tastes are and what kind of decorating you decide on. You will find that a southwest table runner is an excellent southwestern accent when combined with rustic or western home decor. Whether you are decorating one room in your house or decorating an entire house using a rustic theme, you will find many designs and colors available to choose from. Among these options you will be able to choose from Zapotec runners with no two alike, to southwest table runners with western style. Home decorators love hand woven wool table runners because of the variety of colors and textures. Whatever your decorating style and whatever your home decor needs, you will no doubt enjoy the warmth and color created by decorating with a southwest table runner.
About the Author
Craig Chambers is the director of Mission Del Rey and offers free information online about choosing a southwest table runner for rustic style decorating. For more information visit http://www.missiondelrey.com
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