The Zapotec culture is an indiginous pre-columbian civilization that has flourished in the valley of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, for the past 2500 years. The group of Zapotec Indians living in the small villiage of Teotitlan del Valle, which is 30 miles south of the present day city of Oaxaca, have always been a traditional weaving villiage.

Before the Spanish conquest, the Zapotec wove with cotton using traditional back-strap looms. With the arrival of the Spanish in mid-seventeenth century, came the introduction of sheep's wool and the upright loom. Thus, beginning the Zapotec rug weaving traditions. The entire weaving process is accomplished by hand from the washing [using amole-a natural soap from the yucca plant], carding [brushing the fiber to clean and prepare it for spinning], and spinning. [making the yarn] Then comes the dying process.

Each family has their own dye recipies and colors ranging from dark earthtones to bright, festive tones. The dyes, whether natural or anilime, are cooked in large outdoor cauldrons, which allow the colors to set into the fiber of the wool. This wool is then removed from the "soup' and allowed to dry.

The looms are upright and horizontal. The foundation of the weave is called the warp threads. They are stretched lengthwise onto the loom first. The weft threads, the visible weave, are woven widthwise across the warp threads. Depending on the size and complexity of the weaving, it can take a few days to several months to complete.


Southwest Textile Arts features select quality Zapotec Indian Rugs and pre-1940 Navajo Rugs. The owner of Southwest Textile Arts, Peter Houghtaling, has been working with individual families of weavers in the small village of Teotitlan Del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico since 1982. These Zapotec weavers produce a variety of contemporary style rugs, sold by SWATA, and repair vintage Navajo weavings.

Southwest Textile Arts offers a complete line of rugs and weavings that include coasters, placemats, upholstered pillows, table runners, floor runners, wall hangings, throw rugs, and large area rugs. We also offer special order rugs with your choice of color, design, and size, woven with either traditional Merino Wool or Mohair and Wool Blend.

Along with weavings, our showroom holds Oaxacan wood carvings, traditional Black Pottery, and handmade baskets. Southwest T extile Arts specializes in pre-1940 Navajo Rugs and Blankets, and offer repair services to your rugs. We'll also purchase your Navajo Rugs(in any condition) and we offer consignment. We can clean your rugs and remove color run.


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Blanco is located in the middle of the beautiful Texas Hillcountry, on hwy 281 between San Antonio and Austin. Originally settled by ranchers in 1853, it is well known for the friendly people and bucolic surroundings. The Blanco State Park is located largely within the city limits on the picturesque Blanco River. The centerpiece of the townsquare is the Old Blanco Courthouse, a fine example of Second Empire Style architecture.

Blanco Texas is a popular tourist and resort area in the Hill Country. The sunny climate attracts tourists, anglers, and hunters. Antique stores, art galleries, restraunts, and artisans occupy the historic buildings around the courthouse. The courthouse, including 37 other buildings on or near the square, are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Whether you are visiting the many wineries in the Hill Country, or spending the weekend in nearby town of Fredericksburg, you will travel on Hwy 281. We are located just four miles south of Blanco City on your route. If you are in the area, or are planning on heading our way,make plans to see our showroom, we would be happy to open for you! By appointment only, call us at (512) 917-4015.


Peter Houghtaling

(512) 917-4015

172 Gillaspia Lane

Blanco, TX 78606

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Southwest Textile Arts

Genuine Zapotec Indian Rugs