Navajo rug auction Saturday at MNA

A volunteer displays a rug up for auction during last year's Navajo Rug Auction. Katherine Locke/NHO

A volunteer displays a rug up for auction during last year's Navajo Rug Auction. Katherine Locke/NHO

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The 2014 Navajo Rug Auction on June 14 will feature more than 200 vintage and contemporary Navajo weavings from artists, consigners and the R.B. Burnham & Co. Trading Post. The auction takes place at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff.

A public preview of all weavings is planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The auction, presented by the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Flagstaff Arts Council, begins at 2 p.m. and is free to the public. A portion of the event's proceeds benefits the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Flagstaff Arts Council.

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 handspun, 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.

"The Navajo Rug Auction is an important way for weavers from the reservation to put their fine weavings in front of the community," said John Tannous, executive director of the Flagstaff Arts Council.

Experts will view and select weavings for the auction at the Museum of Northern Arizona from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., June 12 and 13. Artists and other consigners are invited to bring their Navajo weavings for consideration.

More information is available from the Museum of Northern Arizona at www.musnaz.org.

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