If you appreciate rugs as an art form, you will appreciate the many rug artists, historic and current-day, of New Mexico, and specifically Chimayo, New Mexico.
Chimayo is located on the High Road to Taos. It is famous for the local, historic church, El Santuario de Chimayo, a place where the earth of the floor has been found to heal, a place where each spring there is a pilgrimage, some traveling a hundred miles or more.
It is no wonder then that there are artists creating beautiful art pieces including rugs of all sizes, coats, mats and more. Often this is a family business such as in the case of the Ortegas. One of their rugs hangs in our living room. It is the softest of grays and creamy white with a geometric design. These samples are from the Ortega website.
Irvin Trujillo, another weaver, has been named a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, 2007. He explains on the Chimayo Weavers website how he learned about his art form. This website also has a list of other artists and more about the history. Each has their own signature and weaving characteristics. Chimayo Weavers
You can buy their works elsewhere but visiting their workshops and galleries in the community gives more meaning to the purchase.
Why not take a trip?