There’s something interesting about kiva log ladders, the rustic ladders seen on the roofs of many Indian home groupings of the southwest United States.
The intriguing shape has become an icon in design for southwest decorating and style. Many homes in New Mexico and Arizona are built to imitate the design of the early Pueblos with ladders.
The kiva ladder has always been an integral part of that style. We find pueblos designed into rugs, dolls, pottery, paintings, art, and rustic furniture.
Anyplace where people like primitive and country style, rustic wooden ladders have become popular. Try decorating with kiva ladders in your home.
1) Kiva ladders or Wooden Indian log ladders as they are called are one of the most interesting elements of southwest decor. While traveling or vacationing in the southwestern United States you will see that wooden log ladders are a universal symbol used in southwest design and art.
2) Kiva ladders are decorative wooden pueblo ladders that are handmade with pine logs that have the bark scraped off. The steps of the ladder are notched to fit into notches on the upright poles and lacing of rawhide is used to lash each rung together in a “x” pattern. The ladder is narrower at the top than it is at the base which adds a dimension of height.
3) One great way to include the pueblo look and mood to your room without actually having pueblo designs is to use the same simple, pueblo ladder or kiva log ladder. The ladders give a subtle but unmistakable Pueblo feel to the design.
4) Southwest kiva ladders also create a wonderful way to showcase a couple of your favorite southwest rugs or saddle blankets. Other elements that look great with wooden ladders are Navajo blankets, Indian pottery and drums, wooden dough bowls and rustic lamps with rawhide lamp shades.
5) Ladders can also be used to highlight special pattern you may like such as kokopelli or other village designs. The use of the kiva ladder as a display rack will further enhance the southwest theme in your room, add some additional color and give the ladder a greater sense of purpose and function.
6) One of the most interesting aspects of pueblo style decorating is to use two rustic ladders together like an “A” frame with rustic boards between them on the ladders rungs for shelves.
It’s very likely that you even have some rugs or other southwest themed things that you can display. Just add a small table beside it or an Indian drum and you will have created a unique and eye catching design.
7) Many people also use kiva ladders to store southwestern throw blankets for winter evenings. You might use kiva ladders as a place to hang bed blankets or comforters in your bedroom when not in use as well.
You can use kiva style Indian ladders in every room in the same or different ways without over doing it. Use your imagination. There is no limit to how log ladders can be used. So, if you want a truly outstanding southwest design element use Indian pueblo kiva ladders.