Well, John, you made several points and, although, we did not reply to the one you write about now, we agree with you.
The fact dodds's "Bellini" is heavily restored is an important point - especially since he did not have the honesty or forthrightness to mention it to prospective buyers.
But, that said, even in perfect 100% original condition his "Bellini" is a horribly mediocre example of the type and, most significantly, is not museum worthy.
The reality the oriental rug business is, and has ALWAYS, been the home of unscrupulous, generally inexpert and dishonest dealers is a major reason why hardly anyone collects rugs.
Starting an "association" that would include any icoc/acor/hali-ites would be like giving the keys to the duck pond to big, bad mr. wolf.
We all know, and have seen, how these folks act and the LACMA/dodds situation has proven their lack of desire, or is it ability, to express their honesty, expertise and forthrightness.
It is amazing not ONE person, other than RK, has publicly questioned what dodds has done.
So, not only are these folks short-sighted, but they are as culpable as dodds.
Will hali ever take a proper look at this situation?
Probably not, as lets remember their review of the sale, which was included in an article written about the exhibition LACMA mounted that included the rug several years ago, was written by a complete rug ignorant and neophyte, sherry hunter.
RK heard hali could not get anyone competent, so they dug to the bottom of the barrel found ms hunter who produced a review that described dodds's "Bellini" rug's pattern as the "dumb-bell" design.
Unbelievable they would stoop so low but was is even more incredible is the way not ONE reader commented.
This smacks of collusion to RK and hopefully our continuing efforts to bring these facts to the fore will, eventually, show some results.
You miss my point. My analogy stands - whether the amount of restoration is 35, 50, or 65% - describing such a heavily restored piece of furniture as being "from 1760" would get any reputable British dealer thrown out of their association.
Although there are reputable dealers, the ethics in the rug market are generally of a lower order and there is no association that will enforce higher ones. There are no candidate gatekeepers.