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Native American Art

Navajo Indian Weaving Buying Tips


The purchase of Navajo weavings is considered sound investment, as their worth continues to appreciate. However, as with any art, the buyer must pay attention to insure the best return on any investment made. When considering the purchase of Navajo weaving be sure to pay close attention to the following thoughts.

  • Research in literature or by trusted word of mouth to make sure you are buying from a reputable dealer.
  • If you are interested in perfection you might be better off considering a commercially made rug. Navajo weavings are handwrought, and as with anything made by hand little imperfections add to their perfection.
  • Navajo weavings are woven evenly and will lay perfectly flat when opened out.
  • The weave also should be tight with uniform design from one end to the other. Edges should be straight with no warp threads showing at all.
  • The weavings should be tied off in each of the four corners. Navajo weavings do not have fringe at either end.
  • Weavings should be smooth with no bumps and held up to the light there should be no thin areas where light shows through.
  • Some simple color variegation, particularly in browns and grays, may exist but it should not be excessive or dominant.
  • Familiarize yourself with Mexican/Zapotec copies of Navajo styles and learn differences. While Mexican rugs are beautiful and make excellent floor and wall coverings, they aren't considered an investment.


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