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Wed, Nov 24th, 2010 01:01:22 PM
Topic: Rare Navaho Classic Blanket Smashes Record Price

First phase Navajo Classic period wearing blanket, Moran Auction, California

Classic period, pre-1865, Navajo wearing blankets are rare weavings. Already at the turn of the 19th/20th century, when collectors like William R. Hearst of newspaper fame were after them, they were scare and valuable. Hearst paid 500.00 plus dollars for some of the examples in his collection.

Remember, in 1900, 500 dollars was a whole lotta money.

Since then these masterpieces of southwestern looms have kept their value, and since the middle 1970's prices have continued to increase for the best and rarest examples.

This is not the place for RK to discuss what makes a great blanket, and we surely know having studied them, and owned several over the years.

The Moran auction piece, which sold the other day broke all records for a blanket selling for $1,475,000.

Yes, one million four hundred seventy five thousand dollars....

The blanket had excellent provenance, and apparently was a must buy for two competing bidders.

Author: Ray Morris
Wed, Nov 24th, 2010 01:01:22 PM

Greetings Ray:

If you carefully read what RK wrote you will see we never said the Anatolian fragment is Saryk, nor did we intimate it was.

Rather we stated, and will continue to provide more evidence, it is the progenitor of what Turkmen carpet collectors have referred to as the Saryk 'timurchin' gul.

We have often stated the belief many Turkmen collectors, researchers and 'scholars' have in the name-game system for Turkmen rugs -- this is a Tekke, this is a Yomud, this is a Saryk -- might be completely valid for post-1850 examples but for earlier historic examples it might not hold as true, or even be valid.

A name-tag like "S" group, or "Eagle-group 1/2/3", is far more positive and valid because these terms, and other like them, are based on verifiable structural analysis and not on extrapolating what existed in 1880 to what existed in 1780, or 1580.

Current 'scholarship' of Turkmen rugs is full of highly debatable data and until the materials, and yes structures, are carefully studied and the results compiled into data-bases this highly debatable situation will continue.

The pre-1800 ethnographic history of Turkmen group habitation and movement is extremely helpful, however, it is not exactly voluminous and more importantly it does not in even one instance connect any weaving now extant with a particular group.

We will soon post the next installment of our comparison of the ancient Saryk MC with this anatolian fragment. So stay tuned...


What makes you say that this is Saryk?

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