Today, one of RK.com readers asked us to take a look at a “Chodor” ensi pictured on tom cole’s website.
We did that and afterwards took a jaunt around cole’s cyber-gallery.
We noticed a number of “issues” we could take cole to task for, but honestly, we don’t care enough about him or his supposed expertise to bother.
However, we did notice the following offer cole has extended and could not leaqve it go unnoticed:
“www.tcoletribalrugs.com is offering something NEW for all collectors and rug aficionados!!
It has become clear over the course of the last two years that there are a number of people who hunger for both information about the rug world, the marketplace, the happenings, the trends, the climate in the Asian marketplaces from Istanbul through Uzbekistan to Kabul, as well as the auction houses of NY, London and Wiesbaden.
I have decided to offer my take on the market, on the rugs that hit the public marketplaces and the happenings around the world, incl. the States, Europe and Central Asia.
If you wish to subscribe to a newsletter that will be sent out eight times annually with an unexpurgated, uncensored look at the rug world commencing next month, you may do so for $25 per year. Funds should be transmitted via PayPal so there will be a computerized record of the date you have subscribed which will ensure delivery of this newsletter via email (using a Microsoft WORD attachment) for a full year from the time of your remittance.
Additionally, I have fielded many requests via email and my website for private consultation, ranging from attribution of specific rugs to an assessment of aesthetics to an actual dollar appraisal. For this service, you can subscribe for one year @ $75 for UNLIMITED VERBAL information given over the telephone. Written replies involving assessment of aesthetics and appraisals will require an additional fee per reply, ie. $75 for each reply in writing.
Attributions, both written or verbal, are included in the initial $75 annual subscription fee.
This is your opportunity to tap into a resource that few people have at their fingertips, a person with a point of view based upon many years of experience in marketplaces throughout the world.
You may remit your payment via PayPal using the recipient email address of firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Please email me directly your intention to subscribe and your email address will be entered into a different database, ensuring your access to the newsletter and private consultation.
If you any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me, either by phone or email. Thanks, and look forward to hearing from you at your convenience.
Home tel…….. 1 415 4991652 or 4851652
Mobile tel…….1 415 4971541”
After reading this “offer” it was difficult for us to not break out laughing.
Who in their right mind would pay cole, even a measly 25$, for his thoughts, whether on the “marketplace or on any rug?
Looking at the mediocre and, not only in our opinion, over-priced, poorly restored and/or repaired rugs he offers on his website could not, wait a minute now we say should not, energize any collector or fancier of Oriental Rugs to pony up their fee, no matter how small, for his “services”
RK sees this offer as just another rug world joke that surely wasn’t meant to be funny by the comedian who penned it.
So, we have decided to challenge cole to write in here and try to counter what we have written.
We are sure he won’t but should he, let us say outright, he won’t escape unscathed.