Kiva ladders or Wooden Indian log ladders look incredible in ranch style homes when combined with other southwestern home decorating accessories. While traveling through the southwestern states you will certainly notice that wooden log ladders have become the most recognizable symbols of American Indian style artwork, used for beautiful, rustic and southwestern style interior design. Kiva ladders are hand made wooden ladders usually created from pine poles that have been scraped by hand. The ladder rungs are then attached to the two long poles with rawhide lacing. The ladder is smaller at the top than it is at the base, giving it a dimension of height.
One interesting way to create the rustic look and feel in your room, without actually decorating with pueblo designs, is to use the same simple, pueblo ladder or kiva wood ladder. The ladders will add a subtle but unmistakable pueblo or rustic look in the room. A kiva ladder also creates a terrific way to showcase some of your most treasured southwest rugs or Indian blankets. Other decorating accessories that look great with wood ladders are Mexican style blankets, American Indian pottery and drums, wooden dough bowls and primitive style lamps with rawhide lamp shades. Ladders can also be used to draw attention to special designs you may like such as the kokopelli or other village designs. Using the kiva ladder to display trinkets will bring to life the Native American style in your home, add beautiful colors, and make the ladder functional in your home decor.
There is something intriguing about the grouping together of dwellings made of traditional style adobe bricks with their kiva ladders on the roofs. This image has become an icon in Native interior design and style. Many homes in the southwest are built to imitate the style of the early pueblos, and the kiva ladder is always used. Pueblo designs are found on rugs, dolls, pottery, paintings, art, and rustic furnishings. And, the rustic kiva ladders have become popular in cabins, log homes and also anywhere people like primitive or country design style.
Use some creativity when decorating with kiva ladders. There is no limitation to how rustic ladders can be used. You can create a unique display or book shelf by using two ladders together and connecting them with boards in the middle. You probably already have some Native style throws you can use and put a small table beside it or a Native Indian drum and you will have created a unique and useful design.
A lot people also like to use kiva ladders to hang Indian throw blankets to cover up with during those brisk winter evenings. You might use kiva ladders for hanging bed blankets or quilts in your guest rooms when not needed. You can use kiva style Indian ladders in every room, in the same aspect or similarly without it looking overly done. So, if you want a truly outstanding rustic style element to use in your home decorating, think about using rustic wooden kiva ladders.