Smoki holds fall rug auction

Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->One of the auction’s oldest rugs is a Germantown rug.

Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->One of the auction’s oldest rugs is a Germantown rug.

There will be plenty of rugs on Saturday, Sept. 19 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 there will be 314 rugs 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 a some along with the collection of other baskets, pottery and, this year, jewelry.

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

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.

Free to attend, Gresser said the event auctions off the best selection of rugs at the best prices, bringing up how many rug auctions only deal in completely new or completely vintage.

"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.

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