Teec Nos Pos

Teec Nos Pos is a regional Navajo weaving area located on Arizona Route 160, close to the Four Corners region. Weavings from this area involve striking bold designs with complex borders. Weavers from this area on the Navajo Reservation were exposed to Persian rugs in the 1920-30s. Navajo weavers have taken Middle Eastern designs and integrated them into their own Navajo world of objects and motifs.

Teec Nos Pos is a trading post in northeastern Arizona, founded in 1905. Weavers in the area were shown Persian rugs by the traders and encouraged to create intricate designs in their weavings inspired by these rugs. In addition to having intricate and colorful designs, Teec Nos Pos weavings are also often tightly woven with fine yarn. As a result, Teec Nos Pos rugs can sometimes take up to a year to weave and tend to be expensive. Due to their unique beauty, Teec Nos Pos weavings are a joy to find.

Rugs from the Teec Nos Pos trading post region have a distinctive style originally influenced by Persian rug motifs and colors. Common design elements you will see in Teec Nos Pos rugs are multiple borders featuring intricate hook and stylized tulip designs. The weavers in this area tend to use lots of colors - often in bright green, blue, and purple colorations. Teec Nos Pos weavers also frequently make rugs in the unusual runner size (meaning a rug three to four times longer than it is wide). With regard to older weavings, Teec Nos Pos rugs from the 1915-1940s timeframe are particularly notable for their use of very fine hand-spun yarns. After this period, weavers would often incorporate commercial yarns, though there are still some Teec Nos Pos weavers that use hand-spun.
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Navajo Rugs and Blankets: how to identify Teec Nos Pos Navajo weavings with Dr. Mark Sublette

Navajo Rugs and Blankets: how to identify Teec Nos Pos Navajo weavings with Dr. Mark Sublette