The Aztecs were groups of people who lived in Central Mexico and controlled a large part of Mesoamerica in the 14th-16th centuries. Aztec culture had strong mythological traditions and produced architecture and art that has continued to influence society from the 14th century until today. Aztec rugs showcase this influence with their symbolism and weaving techniques as well as being functional and beautiful works of art.
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Aztec rugs have been created by artisans for decades. Some are handmade by indigenous families and communities while others are produced on looms in city areas. There are a plethora of techniques used but most derive from the age old traditions passed down for generations. Aztec rugs come in many fabrics such as cotton and wool and sizes from prayer matts and runners to large area rugs.
The range of designs and colours available in modern Aztec rugs are virtually endless. Recurring symbols featured depict gods, human forms, flora and fauna and foretell good and bad fortune. Geometric diamond like patterns representing stars and the night sky are also popular as are symbols taken from ancient temples which represent the cycle of life.