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How to Go About Selling a Navajo Rug

Navajo rugs are classical wool weavings originating from the Navajo people, the second-largest American Indian tribe in the United States. Navajo rugs are adorned with several colors, and the design is composed of numerous geometric shapes. Generally a rug's color and design portray cultural and religious or spiritual meanings. The demand for Navajo rugs as contemporary home furnishings is growing.

  1. Repair any imperfections and damages in your Navajo rug, because small holes or loose threading can depreciate the value of your item. Check with a rug retailer about restoration. Or take your rug to a certified appraiser; they usually have knowledge about reputable tailors.

  2. Photograph your rug with a digital camera that can produce detailed pictures that capture the intricate characteristics of small threads and weavings. Digital imagery also allows you to forward photographs electronically with ease. For example, you might want an appraiser to provide you with an online appraisal, which requires detailed photographs of the rug.

  3. Determine the retail value of your Navajo rug through a professional appraiser. The benefit of appraising your rug includes gaining knowledge of the estimated price range as well as obtaining a certificate of authenticity if the item is a genuine piece. Try searching for local appraisers or Native American museums. As a precaution, confirm that your appraiser has the appropriate credentials. There are several well-known appraiser associations: National Association of Professional Appraisers, Appraisers National Association (ANA), and the Association of Online Appraisers (AOA).

  4. Sell your rug to an appraiser, professional retailer, museum or online through sites such as eBay. The fact that you have restored your rug, possess detailed photographs and have a professional appraisal with a certificate of authenticity will make your item more competitive and appealing in the market. The best place to advertise your Navajo rug is through a professional appraiser. Certified appraisers often receive many customers and routinely attend statewide and nationwide conventions.

Warning

  • Never agree to sell your Navajo rug to an appraiser before he values your rug. Some appraisers might depreciate the actual value during the appraisal so that they can buy it from you at a bargain price.
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