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Old Rugs (Almost) Never Die!

Monday, August 14, 2017 10:12 AM

Old Rugs (Almost) Never Die!
Those of you know me or read this blog regularly, know that I never met a Navajo Rug that I didn't like. Sure, some are more favorite than others, but there is always something to find in a rug that you can like and admire.

So what happens when a weaving is damaged or suffers a color run? What if your dog chews off the corner or your best friend (because you would never) drops a glass of red wine or coffee on your favorite weaving?
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Santa Fe's Indian Market Week and What We Bring to the Party!
You can spin it anyway you want, but there is nothing like the third week in August in Santa Fe! The town is bustling with energy, and shows featuring the finest in Native American and tribal art are all over town. Every gallery, shop and museum is featuring their best and you get to rub shoulders with the nicest artists and friendliest people in the world! 
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Over 100 Navajo weavings, old and new, ranging is price from $100 to over $10,000 will be featured in this unique, all day event! Styles including Two Grey Hills, Burnham, Yeis, Ganado, Klagatoh, Teec Nos Pos, pictorials, Sandpaintings and more! Saturday June 10, 2017 at the Museum of Natural History of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT.
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Annual Navajo Rug Auction in Oklahoma City April 21-22, 2017

Coming April 21 and 22, The Annual Navajo Rug Silent Auction and Sale In Oklahoma City

In addition to over 100 quality, authentic weavings in all price ranges and from all of the major weaving areas on the Navajo Reservation, we will have a day of activities. 

Friday the display opens from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm. And on Saturday, the hours are from 10 am until 5 pm. 

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Transitional Period Weavings

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 5:22 PM

Transitional Period Weavings

One of the most interesting periods in the history of Navajo weaving began in the 1880’s and went through the first decade of the 1900’s. It is called the Transitional era because it marked the switch between the weaving of wearing blankets by Navajo women to weavings intended for sale.

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The Story of a Two Grey Hills Treasure Told by the Weaver

Thursday, September 22, 2016 1:00 PM

The Story of a Two Grey Hills Treasure Told by the Weaver

Ruth Teller was one of the finest Two Grey Hills weavers. She lived in a small place not to far from Newcomb on what used to be Highway 666. My dad used to stop and see her and I went with him a couple of times.

She had three daughters that also were amazing weavers. Two of them, Roseann Lee and Barbara Ornelas worked together to create a large Two Grey Hills tapestry that won the Best of Show at the Santa Fe Indian Market in 1987. It was the first Navajo weaving to win the award and it set a record price for contemporary Navajo weaving when it was sold.

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The Wonderful Weavings from Burnham

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 6:04 PM

The Wonderful Weavings from Burnham

We have received a lot of credit for being the traders who developed the Burnham area Navajo weaving designs. That, or course, is not true. The weavers from the Burnham area, specifically the Begay and Barber families, did not need anyone to help them create these wonderful pieces.

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United Indian Traders Organization and oral histories of the old time traders

Back in 1957, when my father, Jackson Clark Sr.,  started buying and selling Navajo weaving, he was also in the Pepsi Cola business. When he went to his first wholesale show, the Los Angeles Gift and Jewelry Show, the show manager asked him what his company name was. He told them it was the Jackson David Bottling Company. It was named after him and his partner, Dave McGraw.

The manager of the gift show told him she didn’t think anyone would buy Navajo rugs from a bottling company and suggested that he call it the Jackson David Trading Company. So he did.

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Navajo Rug Sale and Silent Auction, Saturday in Salt Lake City

On Saturday, June 18, Toh-Atin Gallery will be traveling to Utah for our Annual Silent Auction and Sale of over 150 Navajo weavings. It will be a fun and interesting day at one of the most beautiful museums in the country.

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The Perfect Gift for anyone who loves Navajo weavings!

Sunday, December 20, 2015 5:32 PM

Mae was born around 95 years ago. Even she does not know for sure how old she is because no one recorded the date when she was born.

We do know that she has been at it a long time!

 

Our father started buying rugs from her back in the 1960's and we continue to do that today

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