Navajo Rug

Navajo rug by Salina Begay

Like her mother before her, 84 year-old weaver Salina Begay, creates Navajo rugs the old fashioned way. With help from her daughter, Begay raises her own sheep, cards, spins and dyes the wool, then weaves the yarn into traditional Navajo patterns. Dyes made from local plants transform the wool into vibrant, rich colors, such as the orange in this piece made from wild carrot and rabbit brush, used to turn yarn gold. The Museum purchased Begay's amazing handiwork during the 2016 Indian Art Market. She makes her home in Teec Nos Pos, Arizona.



Traditional Navajo patterns and symbols tell important stories.