Navajo Rug

The 5th Annual Navajo Rug Auc­tion to ben­e­fit Navajo weavers and the Maxwell Museum will be held Sat­ur­day, Nov. 16 at the Prairie Star restau­rant. More than 200 hun­dred rugs in a wide range of styles including traditional and contemporary handmade rugs by weavers of New Mexico and Arizona will be on dis­play and avail­able for pur­chase. Pre­view items from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The auc­tion begins at 1 p.m. The Prairie Star restau­rant is located on High­way 550 at Tamaya Road in Bernalillo. Admission is free.

Weaving is an intimate and sacred part of Navajo life and culture. It involves hard work, raising sheep and goats, carding wool, dyeing wool and making time for weaving. Specialists and experts in the field of Native American art and Navajo weaving will be on site to identify handspun, hand-carded, and vintage pieces to ensure quality items and prices. Whether you are a collector or interested in knowing more, this is a great opportunity to view a variety of styles and learn the history of Navajo rug weaving. Browse, bid, and take home a unique handmade textile. Proceeds benefit Navajo weavers and the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. Sales tax will not be charged for purchases. A portion of all purchases is tax deductible.

The auction will be conducted by the R. B. Burnham & Co. Trading Post. Bruce Burnham and his family are well known for their work in trading Native art of the four corners area for five generations. Their expertise in buying, selling, and trading has earned the respect of collectors and peers nationwide.

Direc­tions to Prairie Star restau­rant
From Albu­querque: North I25 to exit 242, at the top of the ramp go west/left and travel 2 miles on 550.  Santa Ana Casino will be on the right, go 1 block west of the casino and take a right at the light Tamaya Rd.  Appx. 1/4 mile from 550 you will see a sign that reads Santa Ana Golf Club and Prairie Star Restau­rant. Take a right into the park­ing lot.

For more infor­ma­tion con­tact Mary Beth Her­mans at (505) 277‑1400 or email: mhermans@unnm.edu.