Am relying on my memory for this, which is not the best.
Purchased at a yard sale in Flagstaff, AZ in the 1980’s. Sellers showed us an Arizona Highways Magazine from the 1970’s that featured this rug and another one they also were selling. Both had moth damage, this less than the other one. Both were attributed to specific weavers and from 1900-1920’s. Purchase price of $75.00.
One of the Navajo “Grandma’s” where I worked repaired the moth damage for $50.00.
The other rug featured a very unique pattern in bright colors with “people” performing everyday tasks of the time. Lots of yellows, reds and some blues in this one, in addition to traditional colors. Unfortunately, moths had destroyed about 40% of it.
Size is 70” by 50”. Photo of hung on the sandstone colored wall shows only the upper half. This one shows the true colors. Other photos were taken in my very dark house today.
Now that I am more knowledgeable about this style of rug, I do have some concerns. The weft is only about 20 strands per inch. Understand that most vintage Two Gray Hills have a weft count much higher. The only comparison I have, also has about 20 strands per inch. The second rug pictured was made by a Navajo co-worker of mine in 1986. Her first rug, ever made, under the guidance of her Mother. I purchased this for $40.00 as a present for my Mother.
I am also concerned that the weft pattern has an extra strand on the outer edges of the Two Grey Hills pattern rug. This would indicate a rug made in Mexico.
Any ID help would be appreciated. Also any current values for each. If the Two Grey Hills one is valuable, I need to increase my insurance.