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    Posted 8 years ago

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    Just purchased this rug via auction. There are no labels or markings. I have no idea if this is a newer, commercial piece or possibly a vintage
    rug. Measurements: 71" x 45."

    Any information/thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

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    1. twentiethcentury twentiethcentury, 8 years ago
      I sold one large 19thC Navajo rug about 4 years ago which had quite a history. Colors were very muted tones however black, grey, red. One was a Pendleton that was beat to death still very muted red, beige tones. The rugs were so incredibly heavy you could barely pick them up. The Navajo rug was the valuable rug. Pattern was exactly the same on both sides. There was a crocheted repair on the Navajo and very small holes where the moths had attacked it. These carpets are lovely however from my experience best to obtain a specialist in this field. I had to pay an expert to authentic however who supplied me with the exact trading post and the trader who sold the Navajo rug. I would recommend the same to you to be absolutely sure of the time period. These rugs are not to be taken lightly as you may not realize what you have. Good luck they are all beautiful. Pendleton usually has markings as mine was a very old Pendleton but still had the label. There are catalogues on Native American rugs and can be found quite easily if you have the right source. I cannot remember the gentleman's name but he was available via the internet for appraisals. Also, he nailed the description of my rug and sent me the copy of the rug in the catalogue.
    2. TeradataSQL, 8 years ago
      The colors look so bright that my guess (and it's just a guess, based on some textile history classes and experience back in the 1970s) is that it is modern... Good luck, and I hope I am wrong!
    3. Sunnybrook Sunnybrook, 8 years ago
      Good morning,

      I believe what you have is a Chimayo weaving from New Mexico. The history goes back to the Spanish colonial period. The saltillo is of Mexican design and since the 1920's the yarns are mostly germantown wool. Your weaving is lovely!

    4. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 8 years ago
      Great ID, Sunnybrook. :)
    5. CanyonRoad, 8 years ago
      That's a very complete and accurate web site, unlike much of the misinformation found on line about Chimayo weaving.

      The definitive print reference is "Chimayo Weaving, The Transformation of a Tradition" by Helen R. Lucero and Suzanne Baizerman.

      Your Chimayo weaving dates mid-to-late 20th century.
    6. Pszafran, 8 years ago
      Thank you so much! The Chimayo tip seems spot on. Once I used that in a Google search, I can definitely see the resemblance. Thank you everyone for your help!

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