Welcome to Arriero Zapotec Rugs. My name is Pantaleon Ruiz Martinez, Master Zapotec Weaver and founder of Arriero Rugs. My family and I are from Teotitlan Del Valle, a small village in the state of Oaxaca located in the southwestern part of Mexico. We dedicate ourselves to hand-weaving Zapotec rugs (Tapetes), a tradition passed down from generation to generation from our ancestors in the Pre-Columbian era.
We pride ourselves in using nothing but the best quality of 100% sheep wool. The fibers in the wool are carded and then spun by hand. During this process the wool's rich fat called lanolin is felt through the fingers. This wool creates threads that are smooth and very resistant. Each Zapotec rug is made by hand and features a special design. This makes each and every rug a unique work of art that will only increase in value in years to come. You can be assured that my rugs will last and sustain their value. The colors used for the rugs are a special blend of dyes made from a large selection of plants, insects, and minerals. Among these are the Indigo plant, zacatlaxcalli plant, and the Cochineal bug. This in part is what makes these Zapotec rugs last so long while maintaining their color and texture.
Our collection of rugs are suitable for wall hangings, place-mats, area rugs, hall runners, and small rugs for entry ways and other decorative uses as Pillow covers. These rugs can be exported to any part of the world.
Custom ordered rugs can be made in any size from 2’x3’ to 14' x20' Feet.
CREATE YOUR OWN RUG ,Custom made to your specification size , color & design.
Mexico desconocido Magazine.Oaxaca Fino Arte Textil. Numero 410. Aņo XXXV, 2011.
Old House Magazine, Zapotec Indian Art, By Pantaleón Ruiz, 2002.
El Universal, Mexico , Arte Joven De Mexico 2002.
Interior Designers Encouraged and Wholesale Inquiries Welcome.
We offer discount rates for Galleries, Arts Stores, Retailers, Interior Designers, Restaurants, Hotels, and Trades.
I just opened the latest rug that you and your family made for me. It is a large Burntwater design that is the most beautiful rug that I have ever owned (or seen). When Kathy and I purchased our home in Taos, New Mexico several years ago, we knew that we wanted to decorate the house with nice Navaho/southwestern style rugs. We looked at rugs locally and the ones we found were either of an inferior quality or too expensive to buy. I found your Internet site and liked what I saw at a very reasonable price. I must tell you that I sent you the first check with some apprehension since I had no way to recover my money from deep within Mexico had you not been honest. When the rugs came, exactly as you promised, they were wonderful. I think that this last rug makes ten rugs that we have ordered from you ranging from 2x3 to 10x13. Our guests are amazed at how much better our rugs look when compared to what they see in most houses here. We get a lot of compliments on our Grayhills rug that is in our master bathroom and our Ganado Red in the entry hall. Thanks again for making our adobe hacienda so beautiful!
My wife and I bought three custom rugs from Pantaleon Ruiz Martinez's web site. He was very accommodating and easy to deal with. The rugs are of very good quality and we were able to customize our rugs by choosing our own color combinations. The rugs were delivered to us via DHL and look great in our home. We would definitely recommend Pantaleon to those people looking for good quality authentic Zapotec rugs for their home or office.