Weavers waiting for auction to begin. Photo by Anne Galer
The Rug Auction of Crownpoint is a community-based event that serves as the intermediary between Diné weavers and connoisseurs of Navajo art and culture.
The Rug Auction of Crownpoint is organized and administered by the Navajo Weavers Association of Crownpoint – a community-based organization made up of weavers, community-members and volunteers.
The Rug Auction of Crownpoint has been the staple of the Crownpoint community since 1964, serving as a hub for social and economic activity. The Rug Auction is unique in that it pairs local Diné weavers with tourists from across the world around over the beauty of Navajo art and culture.
The Rug Auction is held on the SECOND FRIDAY of every month starting at 4:00 pm in which weavers submit their rugs and local artisans and vendor set up their arts and crafts tables. During this time, rugs are put on display until 6:30 pm, where visitors are able to handle and view the rugs that will be up for auction. The auction then begins promptly at 7:00 pm in which individuals may begin bidding on their favorite rugs.
A unique blend of local, regional and national, the Rug Auction of Crownpoint is a unique event that brings layers of benefit to the community in sharing the beauty of the Diné people.
Buyers can pay for rugs with cash, credit cards or by check.
A 4% surcharge to credit card purchases
Weavers receive checks issued by the Navajo Weavers’ Association for their sold rugs the night of the auction.
AUCTION DATES 2020
- January 10, 2020
- February 14, 2020
- March 13, 2020
- April 10, 2020
- May 8, 2020
- June 12, 2020
- July 10, 2020
- August 14, 2020
- September 11, 2020
- October 9, 2020
- November 13, 2020
- December 11, 2020
Auction Bidding Wayne Connell & Delbert Autry Auctioneers. Photo by Anne Galer
Food is available from the school cafeteria featuring Navajo tacos and other local specialties.
In addition to the rug auction, vendors selling quality Navajo jewelry, art and crafts set up in the school gym.
Vendor space fees are 4 by 3 foot $15.00, 5 by 3 foot $20.00. You provide your own tables and chairs.
Directions: Crownpoint is located about 30 minutes north of I-40 (Thoreau exit #53) on state highway 371. Turn west at the sign for Crownpoint. The Elementary School is located about a mile towards town, just past the Post Office on the north side of the road.
For More Information:
Or call Marcella Hale 505 362-8502.
Rug Viewing. Photo by Anne Galer
Where to stay: There is no lodging in Crownpoint and the new Elementary School parking lot is usually locked after the auction.
Motel accommodations are available just off of I-40 in Gallup (50 miles west of Thoreau) and Grants (30 miles east of Thoreau).
Camping is available at Bluewater Lake State Park (Prewitt exit off I-40), Redrocks State Park (Gallup) or in private campgrounds/RV parks in Grants, Gallup, and Farmington.
Rug Weavers will register and check in their rugs at 4:00 PM. Rug Displays will begin thereafter. The Auction will begin at 7:00 PM
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