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How To Use Southwestern Rugs For Unique Rustic Decorating Accessories

Jun 14, 2008
Southwestern rugs are an excellent way to create that popular western, rustic or Native American look in your home decor. The bright colors and textures add great character to a cabin, lodge or any home that has southwest decor.

You can buy American Indian style rugs online or in stores that sell Native design tapestries and wall hangings. The variety of southwestern rugs is limitless. No matter if you are looking for a bright rug to add some color to a room or are looking for a special design style, you will definitely be happy with the way rugs and tapestries dress up your home.

Among the most popular southwestern and western rugs are handmade area rugs, spirit rugs and Zapotec Indian rugs. The beautiful designs of the rugs are famous around the world and are highly sought after as pieces to add to western decor.

A good example of this is brought to life in the Southwestern Spirit rug which contains a wide variety of colors and designs. The designs of these rugs have spiritual meaning and significance to the American Indian people and are why they are so popular for use in home decorating projects.

Not only are southwestern rugs known for their incredible beauty, but the skill and hard work needed in making Native rugs and runners is also greatly appreciated. The weaver kneels in front of a large loom, weaving designs and colors throughout the rug.

Originally, Navajo rugs as well as those of some other Southwest Indian tribes were made of hand-spun cotton thread until Spanish settlers introduced domesticated sheep to the region and wool was used.

Indian rugs are a blend of Spanish and American design that has evolved throughout the years. Southwest rugs, with their natural earth tone colors and traditional designs make them perfect for rustic home decorating. When searching for a great southwest rug, you can either purchase them from American companies or directly from Native American weavers.

Purchasing rugs from Navajo or other American Indian tribes is best when possible. You will not only have the satisfaction of knowing that you have a southwestern rug that is made by Indians but will also help support the Native American heritage of rug weaving, and the people who themselves sell their rugs, blankets, and Native American art.

The rug you purchase will strongly depend on what you like and what kind of decorating style you are trying to achieve. You will find that southwest rugs are the perfect accent piece when combined with rustic or western home decor. Whether you are changing your home decor or decorating a whole home using a rustic theme, you will find many designs and colors available to choose from and to go with every color scheme.

Among these options you will be able to choose from one of a kind Zapotec rugs, to southwest table runners and western tapestries. Home decorators love hand woven rugs because of the variety of colors and textures and the way they easily change the look of an entire room. Whatever your decorating style and whatever your decorating needs, you will no doubt enjoy the richness of color and warmth brought to life in your home by decorating with southwestern rugs.
About the Author
Craig Chambers is the director of Mission Del Rey and offers free information online about choosing southwestern rugs for rustic decor. For more information visit http://www.missiondelrey.com
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