Navajo storm pattern rugs are a distinctive design that emerged from the Crystal Trading Post under the ownership of trader J.B. Moore from 1897 to 1911. The Crystal region is in the far eastern portion of the Navajo Nation, in New Mexico’s McKinley and San Juan counties.
J.B. Moore actively marketed Navajo rugs to buyers in the eastern part of the United States. He even released two catalogs, one in 1903 and one in 1911. The storm pattern was one of several designs of rugs that you could order.
The exact origin of the storm pattern is not known. However, it is commonly believed that weavers on the Navajo reservation’s western side developed the design then the Crystal-area weavers expanded and popularized the rug pattern.
The beautiful, ornate storm pattern became a collector favorite. Weavers in the area still make storm patterns to this day.