Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

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

A museum in northwest New Mexico preserves hundreds of Navajo weavings from the estate of former Farmington Mayor Robert Culpepper.

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

The Farmington Museum plans to keep the best examples from the collection. The rest will go to the museum along with the new Museum of Navajo Art & Culture.

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

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