- Sep 18, 2007
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I spent a significant amount of time researching and discussing with long-time collectors before ever buying my first vintage Navajo rug. Maybe a year or so. That was not only educational but enjoyable and the good dealers and collectors are all happy to share information. It made me appreciate what to look for in an authentic rug and to feel comfortable about the price of the rugs I would come across. I also researched how much it would cost to clean and or repair a rug (and who had a good reputation working on vintage Navajos).How many rugs did you buy before you got to the point where you could spot fakes easily?
...also how many fakes did you buy along the way?
I didn't buy my first vintage Navajo rug until I could go to the Alameda Flea Market and see the difference between authentic rugs and those being sold as genuine but were fakes. Once I could discern the difference then I was confident to buy. I have never bought a rug that was later determined to be a fake.There are a few books and some excellent videos on YouTube that discuss fakes and what to look for and avoid. Also, when I was ready to buy I took my time. If it didn't look or feel right, I passed on it.
I've probably bought 25 vintage Navajo weavings over the last 5-6 years. Since moving to Santa Fe and redecorating I've sold or am selling most of them and am slowly replacing them with just a few that fit our specific decor and are of greater appeal to us. (quality not quantity) A few that I sold have ended up with a couple of fashion brands.