Navajo Rug Weaver

Weaving Axis

 

Navajo weaving designs are intricate and defy classification and categorization (due to the fact that they are very personal expressions of the weavers). Since looms are set up so that you have vertical warps and horizontal wefts, however, we can talk about rug designs in terms of Cartesian coordinates.

Even though the rug design on the right is not necessarily typical, the fact that it resembles the cartesian grid on the left allows us to see how the position of any design element on a rug can be described according to a cartesian coordinate relative to the center of the rug, which is like the "origin" of a cartesian grid.