CNHA Navajo Rug Auction benefits Native American artisans
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Moab resident Debbie Littlefield examines rugs at a previous CNHA rug action. Courtesy photo
Moab resident Debbie Littlefield examines rugs at a previous CNHA rug action. Courtesy photo
Canyonlands Natural History Association’s third annual Navajo Rug Auction is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28. The event, which features a wide variety of handmade rugs in many designs and colors, will be held at the Grand Center, 182 North 500 West in Moab and will open at 9 a.m.

The rug auction, which begins at 1 p.m., will feature more than 200 quality Navajo rugs.

“Every Navajo rug is unique. Each weaver adds their individual touch to the design or colors that make the weaving their own,” Barb Webb of CNHA said in a news release. “A completed Navajo rug can represents months – sometimes years for large pieces – that the weaver worked at the loom, creating beauty. Navajo rugs are collected avidly and prized for their beauty and durability.”

CNHA presents the auction to promote cultural awareness and appreciation of Native American arts. The auction venue also offers the opportunity to learn about Navajo weaving.

“Auctions like this help Navajo weavers market their textiles and support their families,” Webb said. “It also helps ensure that this art form and the culture it is tied to remain vital.”

Eighty percent of the auction proceeds will go directly to the Navajo artisans who created the rugs. CNHA will dedicate its portion of the proceeds to the Discovery Pool, which funds research projects on public lands in the Colorado Plateau.

Those who already own Navajo rugs and would like to learn more about them are invited to bring them to the event for appraisal. Appraisals will be conducted from 9 a.m. until noon and the fee is $10 per rug. Also, from 9 a.m. until noon, attendees are invited to preview the rugs that will be offered at auction. The auction crew will be available before and after the auction to discuss the artists and rugs, or answer questions. The auction starts promptly at 1 p.m. and lasts until all rugs have been presented.

Weaving demonstrations and cultural interpretation will also be part of the event, and food will be available for purchase.

CNHA is a nonprofit organization that has supported the national parks and public lands of the Colorado Plateau for more than 46 years.

For more information, call CNHA at 800-840-8978 x 10 or visit

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