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Navajo Design Wool Rug
Navajo Design Wool Rug  
This rug is 9'4" x 5'8" and is of tighly woven wool. The colors are unusal for authentic Navajo weavers. It does not have the single end tassel feature that most contemporary Navajo rugs have. the end tassels are all across both ends in this rug and knotted. (Sorry the photo is not complete). Not sure this is typical of any authenic Navajo rug, but having woven ends all across both ends of a rug certainly is an antigue feature.
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Joyce -- I believe that this weaving is an Indian (East/Asian) Dhurrie, which is a tribal product coming form a very similar technology level except the looms used by the Indian weavers are horizontal, treadle looms. If you could get a daylight shot, close-up, say covering 18" or so in height and width I would be able to tell definitively. The fact that the rug carries a full knotted, fringed border is typical for Dhurrie rugs and not found with Navajo work.

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As a direct reservation trader in all aspects of American Indian arts since 1985, I've answered questions regarding cultural property issues, origins of traditional crafts, materials and techniques, collecting, authenticity, symbols and, of course, repairs! We have operated a retail gallery since that time, bricks and mortar until 2007 and online since 1996. Our online operation closed in 2/2015, to allow me to finally write full-time. My writing site can be found at www.sailletales.com I'll be adding a book or two from our trader experiences under the pen name of W.T. Durand and the rest of my fiction is under my own name. We are not "New Age" practitioners of adopted American Indian religious ceremonies or combined philosophies. If you are seeking such knowledge for spiritual reasons, we will only provide answers that address factual information on these subjects. Unless one is raised in a traditional, American Indian family with language, culture and religious belief intact, we don't believe that simply applying the trappings or cultural property of a given traditional group will give a non-Indian (Native if you prefer)any insight other than the academic.

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My primary focus is on Southwester American Indian Nations and their people, but I also have experience in Plains and Northeastern traditions, having engaged in active trade and retail since 1985 and study for most of my life. I am not claiming any expertise at all in the work, techniques, lifeways or crafts that are made by the Native People of Mexico. They are not the same, either linguistically or culturally but certainly their crafts deserve discussion and appraisal by those who are able to provide real information.

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I was a guest on Fox Network "Lifestyles" program, during the 1990s, to discuss how to tell forgeries, and authenticating jewelry as Native American work. I have also written extensively for our website, www.kivatrading.com and our Ebay Store.

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UofO, 1970 active in the Authentic American Indian Arts business and direct Trader since 1985. Graphic Designer and published novelist.

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