When you hear the term American Southwest what images come to mind? Certainly the Grand Canyon is the most famous natural wonder in Arizona. Do you think of the Cartwright cowboys, Ben, Adam, Hoss and Little Joe riding home to the Ponderosa on the set of Bonanza? The American Southwest encompasses the States of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The terrain is a land ranging from the low arid desert painted with cacti, mesquite and sagebrush, and grassy valleys to the majestic red rock plateaus. The influences on the design of architecture, art, building materials, colors, furniture, pottery, tiles and textiles spring from a vast region and people of the American Southwest. The influences come from the Native American Indians of Arizona and New Mexico, and the Spanish settlers from Mexico.Southwest style has come to symbolize many elements of design. Here are decorative elements which make up the American Southwest Style.