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Sun, Oct 9th, 2005 05:17:10 PM
Topic: Talking About Rugs: Part I

Some while ago, we had a post or two in "Who wants to talk about rugs?" and we reititerate.

After, the rugs are what all this is about.

Author: jc
Sun, Oct 9th, 2005 05:17:10 PM

Perhaps we should mention an important point that, while we expect the more perceptive of you already know, we believe many of you may not.

Personally speaking, we are interested and collect only archetype and prototype examples of what we like to call historic low culture weavings made in the eastern reaches of the Mediterranean region.

Many contemporary ethnographers of all stripes eschew the term low culture, presently preferring "small scale society" instead. We can see their point of semantic but, as the Bard once quipped " A rose by any other name...", does quite succinctly explain our continued use of low culture.

Of course, low culture is the opposite of high culture-- just think of Turkish Town and Village rugs or the majority of Turkmen rugs, as low culture and see the Persian, read Safavid, and Turkish, read Ottoman, pieces as high culture.

RK totally disagrees with the accepted higher monetary valuations and respect (in all meanings of that word) bestowed on these high culture pieces compared with that granted to ones made in low culture environments.

In fact, we believe just the opposite -- it is the low culture weavings that should be worshipped.

Realize this: There are literally a hundred or more high culture masterpiece weavings now known. How many low culture ones are there?

Far, far fewer and, in reality, it is these low culture masterpieces that are truly rare. But numbers aside, the most salient aspect of this comparison is the fact these low culture weavings are closer to the historic iconographic "root" of the weaving tree.

Studying these two diverse groups of weavings cannot help but prove, hands down, the veracity of this statement.

Plus, at least in our opinion, the intrigue and mystery these low culture archetypal masterpieces possess far outweighs the splendor and opulence of the high culture types.

We know our preferences are not shared by many but we are positive the future will substantiate our views, just has it has done many times already.

Remember, it was not so long ago hardly any collector, researcher or fancier wanted to buy, let alone show off, the types of rug, like Turkmen and Turkish Village, that today is so in vogue among the most advanced of all these groups.

Sure we know it is almost impossible to collect high culture rugs but, were they equally numbered in the marketplace, we, for one, would still prefer to own low versus high.

We mention this because it seems a propos to this topic, "Talking About Rugs".

RK.com was setup, and remains, primarily a fun activity for us. It was never, nor will it ever be, a vehicle for the wholesale dispensation and dispersal of what we know and have spent a lifetime studying.

This doesn't mean we are stingy or unwilling to share, far to the contrary. It is, however, meant to put into perspective the limitations we place on a topic like "Talking About Rugs" where we might end up making more competition at the expense of our generosity to share our thoughts.

So for any of you out there who want to genuinely make an effort in this regard, i.e. “Talking About Rugs”, know ye : We will not only meet you half way but be glad to go even beyond.

We stated "it's all about rugs" but to be precise it's all about great ones, at least as far as we are concerned.

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