The silk ground cloth would be RK's choice of any aspect of the embroideries to examine to determine their origin.
We'd want to analyze the silk and its spin/ply and, of course, how it was woven, i.e. what type of loom, etc.
But doing that, or anything else is nothing more than a waste of time, as they are clearly forgeries regardless of hand spun or not, vegetal dyed or not, etc.
There are so many other projects to tackle and these embroideries are abolutely unimportant in the larger scheme of things.
In the small scale they are important as they demonstrate, once again, rugdom's woefully inadaquate level of scholarship and acceptance of such sub-standard work.
If pacquin's presentation, which is at best 'thinking out loud', was given so much page space in the magazine it says either the editors believed there was a good possibility they are genuine or hali is scrapping the bottom of the barrel for copy.
Either way, RK believes they have done a poor job in vetting the article and since hali is known for re-writing entire articles to make them to their liking, their having not exercised some editoral control is quite telling.
Plus someone like pacquin who supposedly is knowledgeable and proves he knows enough about the real Ottoman embroideries to write an article sure missed the boat or did he just decide to get on at the bottom of the game and, perhaps, get off at the top?
We don't like one thing about these embroideries and contrary to what pacquin said several time in our phone call RK really doesn't need to see them in person or to handle them. We are sure enough they are fogeries to print our opinion publicly from just seeing their photos and reading about their technical and structural analysis.