More than 300 vintage and contemporary Navajo weavings from artists, consigners and the R.B. Burnham & Co. Trading Post will be featured at the 2019 Navajo Rug Auction Saturday, July 20, at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff. A public preview of all weavings is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The auction, presented by MNA and the Flagstaff Arts Council, begins at 2 p.m. and is free to the public.
R. B. Burnham & Co. Trading Post will lead the auction. The Burnham family, known for its encouragement of innovation and quality in Navajo textiles and expertise in buying, selling and trading, has earned the respect of area collectors and peers nationwide.
Native art and Navajo weaving specialists will be on-site to identify hand-spun, hand-carded and vintage pieces, verses acrylic yarns, to ensure quality and prices. Guidance in evaluating and buying Navajo rugs, as well as detailed information on each auction item, also will be available.
Among rug styles featured in the auction are Two Grey Hills, Ganado, Teec Nos Pos, Ye’ii, Pictorial, Wide Ruins, Storm, Sandpainting and Eyedazzler.
Experts will view and select weavings for the auction at MNA 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19. Artists and other consigners are invited to bring their Navajo weavings for consideration.
Auction items can be purchased with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, cash and checks. A portion of event proceeds benefits MNA and FAC.