Went on a shopping spree for Navajo Indian rugs!
Bought the first one at a roadside market in Oak Creek Valley directly from the weaver. Her name is Manymules or something like that. $150 cash, which is a very low price for these kind of things. A good rug this size typically costs $400-600 from a native vendor/weaver directly, and probably a few hundred more at a dealer’s shop. This lady apparently isn’t very good at weaving, as there are a few imperfections in the rug. We were perfectly happy to take a less-than-perfect sample for the price. But for the finer pieces that qualify as true art work, one would have to find them in a dealer’s shop.
Bought the second rug in a dealer’s shop in Sedona. We picked out three that we liked, had all of them displayed on a blank wall, and had a hard time choosing between the two shown here. We finally settled on the brownish one. Woven by one of the very few male Navajo weavers. It is about twice as large as the first one, and costs almost 10 times as much. It took a little mental struggling to justify spending more than a thousand dollars on a rug, but it is probably a cheap price for a piece of native art, and at least it’s not an overpriced, make-belief luxury handbag with the now-ubiquitous monograms. The one on the right is smaller, but costs about $2000. I like the one on the left better, anyway.
A closer look. The central pattern is called “Burntwater.” I especially like the stick-figure little men wrapping around the corners, with their rea—–lly long necks, short legs, and teletubbie-like antenna. This one will probably go in the bedroom in our yet-to-be-found new apartment in New York.