Prized by knowledgeable collectors, a fine willow basketry olla by the Apache Indians, embellished with people, horses, deer and dogs, can command six figure prices.
When studying Indian basketry you will be looking at the stitch count as well as the number of coils per square inch, the symmetry of the design and the gracefulness of the shape. Is there rim damage or broken coils? Stains or repairs? The top quality baskets will have no damage and no restoration.
Some tribe's baskets are more desirable than others, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
Be sure to handle your old baskets carefully, never pick up by the rim, broken coils devalue steeply. Just dust them occasionally, don't wash them. Enjoy!