The 8th annual Navajo Rug Auction is set for Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Prairie Star Restaurant in Bernalillo. More than 200 traditional and contemporary handmade rugs by weavers of New Mexico and Arizona will be on display and available for purchase. The only local Navajo rug auction, it will feature a wide range of rug styles and other hand crafted Native American art. Specialists and experts will be on site to identify vintage pieces to ensure quality items and prices. Preview of items begins at 11 a.m. and the auction starts at 1 p.m.  The event is free and open to all.

Whether you are a collector or interested in knowing more, the Navajo rug auction offers a great opportunity to view a variety of styles. The auction is fast moving, fun, and exciting. Browse, bid, and take home a unique handmade textile. Proceeds benefit Navajo weavers and the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. Purchases are tax free.

The auction is conducted by the R. B. Burnham 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.

Check out auction pictures and information about Navajo weaving and rug styles at the Maxwell Facebook, Pintarest and Tumblr social media sites.

The Prairie Star restaurant is located on Highway 550 at Tamaya Road, Bernalillo, N.M. Directions to Prairie Star: From Albuquerque: North I 25 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 north/right, continue 1 block west of the casino and take a right at the light- Tamaya Rd. Approx. 1/4 mile from 550 you will see a sign that reads Santa Ana Golf Club and Prairie Star Restaurant.

For more information call (505) 277-1400 or visit Maxwell Museum.