Tempe, AZ My trader/auctioneer friend Bruce Burnham likes to encourage audiences to say “Yay!” whenever a Ye’i rug comes up for sale at one of his auctions, but everyone who sees Pauline Yellowhair’s remarkable weaving above just says “Wow!” Pauline is a 72 year old weaver with a self-reported 67 years of weaving experience and she wove the rug above for her son. Pauline calls the rug an Anasazi Ye’i, but it is truly unique and unlike any other Navajo weaving I have ever seen. It was recently purchased from Pauline’s son by Richardson’s Trading Post in Gallup, NM. Larry Fulbright, the rug buyer at Richardson’s told me that he had seen a similar piece woven by Pauline, but that it was much smaller. Richardson’s was so concerned about the ownership of the rug that they insisted that Pauline give her permission for the sale. “It’s my son’s rug”, she said and Larry noted that her son used some of the proceeds on his mother’s behalf.
It’s a large weaving, maybe 5′ by 7′ or larger and carried a price tag of $60,000. [Update] The rug was sold the day after this article was posted, so it’s no longer at Richardson’s. I’m hoping that Pauline may someday weave another. I feel very privileged to have seen it.
There are two detail pictures of the Ye’i faces below and you can click on either picture for a larger view. Wow.
Hagoshíí (so long for now)