CONDITION INFORMATION --Definitions of terms used
Mint - In new or virtually new and undamaged condition.
Near Mint - Very minor restoration , very minor wear
or discoloration confined to generally small areas. Overall impression and casual examination is of a
"mint" condition piece but close and expert inspection reveals minor imperfections.
Excellent - Exhibiting more wear than near mint. May include
minor professional restorations ; very slight fading / staining/ discoloration due to wear. The overall condition
though is sturdy and stable with no major thin / worn areas. Appears "almost new" condition to casual
observation but closer examination reveals slightly more wear than "near mint" examples. While brand new
Navajo rugs have an expectation of being in mint condition, most of the best condition antique Navajo blankets and rugs
(60-120+ years old) fall into this category.
Good - Exhibits more wear than excellent condition. Usually
includes one or two but not all of the following conditions: more substantial but well-done restoration; minor to
moderate fading on one or both sides; corner /selvage wear (usually easily restorable if desired); restorable holes; restorable or semi-restorable color run/staining. Be sure to click on
thumbnail photos to view large images. (Note: A very few
rugs may be offered unrestored as they are either consigned or to meet the needs
of those seeking less expensive but early and traditional examples. Restoration
quotes are available.) Most wear should be observable in both the overall photo
of the weaving as well as any close-ups or detailed photos and are usually noted
in the description and are thoroughly detailed in email inquiry responses. )
Fair - Exhibits more wear than good condition
weavings. Usually includes some unrestored damage or wear. May exhibit some fading, staining or overall thinness in
areas. Is usually priced at a fraction of the cost of a similar example in excellent condition and may meet the specific
needs of those seeking rugs for rustic cabins, game rooms and other areas where condition is of lesser importance and
price is a greater concern.
Poor - Usually not posted to website, we
examples that are heavily damaged or worn but may be suitable as "museum-type" exhibit as in an early shoulder
blanket. We also have some examples of rugs that may be "beyond restoration" but may have salvageable
areas used for the making of sofa pillows , custom jackets, purses and the like.
Pre-1900 includes early shoulder
blankets, Transitional weavings and Germantowns-- historic pieces best suited for wall display in most cases. Very
collectible; great investment examples.
1900-1940 Early Navajo rug period.
Versatile for floor use or wall display. Early hand spun Navajo sheep wool yarn, hand-carded gray and early
hand-dying. All regional styles (Two Grey Hills, J B Moore /Crystal, Hubbell/ Ganado/ Klagatoh, Teec Nos Pos/Red
Mesa Outline); also yeis and pictorials, etc.. Superior early wools; these are very popular
as investment-quality collectibles as
well as for decorating homes and offices utilizing traditional period items.
1940-2001 Modern period weavings for wall
and/or floor display. We maintain an inventory covering most all regional styles in a variety of sizes from miniature to