Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Estate of Former New Mexico Mayor Donates Hundreds of Navajo Rugs to Museum

A northwest New Mexico museum is preserving hundreds of Navajo weaves from the estate of former Farmington Mayor Robert Culpepper.

The Farmington Museum announced the gift on Monday, saying some pieces date from the 1920s and others were made by contemporary weavers. Officials say some of the carpets, like the Wide Ruins and Chinle styles, fill gaps in the museum’s existing collection.

The Farmington Museum plans to keep the best specimens in the collection. The remainder will be sold to benefit the museum along with the new Museum of Navajo Arts and Culture.

Culpepper, who died last year, and his wife had bought a historic building and donated it to the city in 2013 to build the Museum of Navajo Art & Culture. This museum opened last year.

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