Navajo Rug, ca. 1900
Appraised Value: $3,000 - $5,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:37)
Antiques Appraiser and Consultant
GUEST: The university where I work at, they were renovating the library and I saw it sitting there wrapped up and I said, "Oh, yeah, I'll take that."
APPRAISER: And what did you pay?
GUEST: Thirty-five dollars.
APPRAISER: Okay, so what do you think it is?
GUEST: I honestly don't know. I think it's a Navajo rug. I mean, that's what I think it is. But I don't know for sure.
APPRAISER: We looked around in different books, and we really didn't find much about this particular pattern. We found a lot of Navajo prints, Germantown rugs, and to me it just didn't look like anything that we'd found in books. Now, as we look at this piece, the interior construction of this is called the warp.
APPRAISER: Now, in a Navajo, it's a continuous warp, so it goes up and down, and up and down like this. Now, in a Mexican blanket, in a Spanish weaving, it's just straight up and down and therefore you'll see a fringe where it's tied off, okay? We don't see any fringe on this. That's one of the clues it's a Navajo. The other thing that we look at is, you see these lines here?
APPRAISER: The Navajo tend to weave in sections, and they weave up. These are called lazy lines, and it's where you stop and you start in the weaving. It's absolutely diagnostic for Navajo weaving. Now, we want to look at the time period. This design here in the center is a very typical, transitional leaving, blanket design. This would be very typical from, say, 1880 to, say, up into 1910. What we have, though, is we have a border here. The border is very typical of the rug period. So the combination is really fascinating. You have the transitional center and the rug here. This is definitely an early 20th-century Navajo. Do you feel how thick this is?
APPRAISER: It's a rug. It's meant to go on the floor. The third thing that we're going to look at is we're going to look at condition. You have an issue right here where you have a repair. You have a small repair down there. Right here. And if you look very carefully, you'll see bleeding.
APPRAISER: That's coming from the aniline-red dye. Now, what's great about this is the red dye is in excellent condition.
Normally we'll see a lot of fading. This is fresh. I think this piece is $3,000 to $5,000.
GUEST: No kidding. Wow, it's just gorgeous.
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