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January 13, 2017

Part of my passion for western art is tied to my personal connection to the history of the west. I am a direct descendent of  Antoine Leroux, a largely forgotten but one of the greatest pathfinders in the history of the western United States.

I am so happy that True West Magazine took the time to tell Antoine's story. Hopefully this will be the start of Antoine beginning to get the attention he so richly deserves.  Please take a moment to discover Antoine's story.

August 8, 2016

  Have you ever looked at a larger old Navajo rug and wondered, what are those white dots going across the weaving from side to side?  Some may think it is a damaged area or weaver mistake and remove them.

   These are weavers sew lines.  As far as i know along with "Lazy Lines" (to be discussed at a later time) were very important.  Say a weaver lived in a hogan and was able to fit maybe an eight foot wide loom into her hogan but was not able to fit one that was maybe ten foot high.  This technique would have bee...

July 1, 2016

Sun fading, has been and will always be a problem with Navajo Weavings.  Here is an article written by my mentor Bob Morgan and old friend Jenne Brako.  This worksheet was written for the Mountain Plains Museums Association August 1986.  This has become the standard for Navajo Textile Conservation and long term care.

Light

Light is one of the great enemies of Navajo textiles.  Although light enhances the visual beauty of the weaving, both artificial and natural light contains invisible ultra violet rays.  Even visi...

June 9, 2016

Here is a Hubbell Revival 3rd phase c.1920's that was sent to me.  This Navajo weaving is very important to it's owner.  It was his fathers weaving that was part of the family cabin. Even though the weaving will take around 2/3 the cost to restore/resurrect as the cost to replace, it has a special meaning to this gentleman and as we all know no two Navajo weavings are the same.  

May 1, 2016

I want to thank The Daughters of The American Revolution, for inviting me to talk about Navajo weaving/rug restorations and history. What aneat organization. I was very impressed by their kind hearts and donations to such great causes.

April 19, 2016

This question is one for the ages.  Most of all from clients who may have inherited or purchased a weaving at a yard sale with little or no records.  

 

With 27 years in the cleaning and restorations of Navajo Rugs I have a very good eye and feel for different breeds and how a wool may have been processed into weaving yarn.  The largest amount of Navajo reproductions come from our neighbors to the south (Mexico).  

 

If you have traveled around in Mexico you will notice that livestock and dogs are very roug...

April 1, 2016

I am pleased to announce the launch of my new website. At www.navajoindianrug.com will not only provide an overview of myself and what services I provide but it will also feature stories and images of the projects I have been lucky to work on. I will also provide updates on goings on in the industry as well as helpful hints on the maintenance and upkeep of Navajo rugs and other Southwestern textiles.

November 6, 2014

I was just featured in an article and an audio interview on KUNC. WE covered a wide range of subjects including how I got involved with Navajo Rugs, my process and why this work is so important to me. To read the article and or listen to the interview you can visit: http://www.kunc.org/post/denver-craftsman-practices-rare-trade-restoring-navajo-rugs#stream/0

July 20, 2013

Last week I was featured in the Denver Post. The piece was a profile on my process and how I got into repairing and restoring Navajo Rugs. Read the entire article: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_23696223/navajo-rug-repair-artist-follows-threads-crafts-history

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