This rug is one that I inherited from my father who told me that it was of Native American origin and made of horsehair. He was a prominent academic in the field of political science and had many personal and professional acquaintances, including Native Americans, who admired him and may have wanted to show their appreciation to him in various ways over the years. My assumption was that he received the rug as a gift from some American Indian friend or associate. Recently I have made several attempts to have it identified, sending images of the piece to curators at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum in Washington, the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe, and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, without any luck. All the correspondents with whom I’ve been in touch so far have expressed skepticism that it is made of horsehair, noting that horsehair hasn’t been used in any indigenous North American weaving tradition. They have expressed further skepticism that it is even of Native American origin, referring specifically to the fact that it has a fringe at both ends which is apparently a feature not found in Native American weaving, and suggesting instead that the rug may be of Mexican, Central American, or South American origin. I have little reason to doubt my father, however, and suspect that the rug is most likely the work of a Native American artist working with non-traditional patterns, techniques, and materials. I am still working to identify its true origin.