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Overall, Navajo-style blankets and rugs are the most popular items made and sold by the Navajo People. If you're a modernist and/or minimalist, a great way to achieve the less-is-more Navajo look is by keeping a neutral, textural backdrop and playing with materials architecturally. This incorporates elements of the style without being in-your-face and it highlights one-of-a-kind, Navajo pieces such as tapestries or longhorns. (Now that I wrote about them, I kinda want longhorns in my house.)
One of the most common Navajo patterns of the 20th century is the "Eyedazzler," consisting of small, serrated diamonds which appear to form rows of bigger serrated diamonds — all boasting contrasting outlines.
Architecture plays a prominent part in Navajo style. Adobe walls, protruding wood posts and wall niches are the most indicative. Something else you'll see a lot of: leaning ladders, often used to display gorgeous blankets and tapestries. Although I totally love the ladders, I can't help but think how fast a cat would try to perch himself atop it, turning it into a Navajo Cat Condo.
With so many unique prints, it's hard to fall in love with just one — especially if one happens to sport a Najavo design. The key to mixing Navajo and other prints properly in one space is to change up the scale but ensure the color schemes of each relate to one another. In this bedroom, the smaller, busier design in the rug (which isn't actually Navajo yet does have a serrated diamond pattern) doesn't compete with the larger, more graphic pattern on the bed — which is a cross between "Eyedazzler" and "Saltillo."
Aside from turquoise and vivid blues, another common color used in Navajo architecture is Swiss coffee. The sandy white tone works beautifully with darkly-stained woodwork; it also steps back to let turquoise and clay tones shine. Why is it that each time I type "Swiss coffee," I immediately want a White Chocolate Frappuccino?