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HUGE JB Moore Crystal Trading Post Navajo Rug 1930s Storm Pattern

  Lot # Z128
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HUGE JB Moore Crystal Trading Post Navajo Rug 1930s Storm Pattern


About JB Moore:
In 1896, John B. Moore ventured into the heart of Washington Pass (Now Narbona Pass), New Mexico, where he established a trading post known as "Crystal." This rugged outpost, perched at a lofty 8,000 feet elevation, owed its name to the crystal-clear mountain spring that graced its surroundings. Moore's tenacity was evident in the sturdy log post and house he built to endure the unforgiving winters.

During the 1890s, the Navajo people faced scarcity of food and a meager market for their wool. Moore, however, saw potential in transforming their wool into blankets, particularly for the affluent individuals residing in the Eastern United States. Collaborating with the finest weavers from the Crystal area, Moore displayed remarkable vision. While traditional Navajo weaving had primarily produced wearing blankets, Moore encouraged weavers to craft sturdier pieces suitable as floor rugs.

In a pioneering move in 1903, Moore borrowed a page from the mail-order merchandising technique of companies like Sears, Roebuck, and Montgomery Ward, leading to the development of a catalog. His belief was that this innovative approach would captivate the interest of Eastern buyers.

Moore held profound respect for the weavers, marking a significant milestone by becoming the first Anglo to mention the weavers by name and even showcasing their portraits. This JB Moore Navajo rug, steeped in historical significance and woven in the spirit of innovation, embodies the legacy of a visionary trader who bridged cultures through artistry. Don't miss the chance to own a piece of this rich heritage at our auction.

  • Circa 1930
  • Mayfield Football Player for Scale

Good with Age Appropriate Wear:
Staining, One Side Slightly Faded, Wear To Selvedge

105" X 78"

Lot # Z128
System ID # 14027964
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