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A Native American rug auction - in Indianapolis!

by Jaq Nigg | Jul 05, 2012

by Linda Montag-Olson, public programs manager

 

 Last Saturday, the Burnham Trading Post crew lugged two hundred Navajo rugs from Arizona to Indy for mid-westerners to peruse and purchase at the third annual Navajo rug auction at the Eiteljorg. I dropped in expecting to find prices well out of my price range and was surprised to find some small pieces selling for under a hundred dollars, and larger sizes for four hundred fifty to seven hundred. I thought, "perhaps I too could own an amazing piece of art – they take VISA!" I ventured a bid, raising high my number 17.

In addition to the excitement of taking home art, history and culture all woven into one beautiful wool rug for a remarkable deal, I leaned that the Burnham family has been encouraging Navajo weavers for five generations, and they are a wealth of information with historical knowledge and behind-the-scenes details of the weaving culture in Arizona. The Eiteljorg Museum store brings them here annually - don’t miss next year’s auction!

 

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