Smoki holds fall rug auction

A Germantown rug up for auction. <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->(courtesy photo/Cindy Gresser)

A Germantown rug up for auction. <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->(courtesy photo/Cindy Gresser)

A bug is quite snug in a rug, but they might be even snugger if it was in a rug where it ended up the highest bidder. But on Saturday, Sept. 19, there'll be no bugs, but plenty of rugs at the Smoki Museum's Annual Fall Navajo Rug and Indian Art Auction. Located at 147 N. Arizona Ave. and held at 9 a.m., the auction is one of the largest fundraisers for the museum.

Smoki Museum Executive Director Cindy Gresser said 314 rugs will be auctioned off along with about 100 pieces of art.

"That's our standard because that's what we can do in three to four hours," Gresser said.

During the museum's spring auction, it was reported that there were quite a few Yavapai baskets up for auction. Gresser said there will be some more in this auction, stating the museum often gets some along with the collection of other baskets, pottery and, this year, jewelry.

One of the auction's oldest rugs is a Germantown rug, which dates back to the 1800s and comes from when the United States government slaughtered sheep on the Navajo nation, leaving the Navajos with no wool or no way to weave, Gresser said. As a result, the Navajo people purchased yarn produced from Germantown, Pa., Gresser said.

Gresser estimated the Germantown Rug would go for more than $4,000 and, noting that the auction is one of the museum's largest fundraisers, hoped that about $30,000 would be raised as a whole.

The event, which is free to attend, auctions off the best selection of rugs at the best prices, Gresser said.

"Our auction has a unique combination of vintage rugs, new rugs and historical rugs," she said, adding that it's "one of those events where you can sit around and learn a lot."

Gresser also said those who register and try to purchase a rug will get free beer or wine.

For more information, call the museum at 928-445-1230.

By Jason Wheeler. Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.