Along with steve price, aka the turkodummy, john R howe, his buddy from Washington D.C., together form the gruesomest twosome of rug clowns the carpet world has yet to witness.
Unlike steve, jr howe is rather self-effecing and willing to, at times, look objectively at not only his inabilities to 'get it right' when it comes to answering questions on the amateur hour rug website professor clown heads, but also to look at the rest of the crew's equally challenged efforts.
Regardless of howe's token nods to his, and their, limitations he continues down the merry path of stupidity almost every time he sits down to tap his keyboard.
Recently we spotted this mea culpa howe issued:
"The odd thing is that I've made this mistake before. I own the piece above and was convinced after I bought it that this was a Yomut border. Gradually, I wa (sic) persuaded that this piece is Ersari, but apparently my initial impression stuck. For awhile I had not seen any other examples of this compartmented. but have encountered at least two more since I bought it. All three have this same main border.
For some reason, I have fixed in my mind that this is a Yomut main border, but I went looking for it on a Yomut piece and haven't found one yet.
So what we have is a clear mistake, and one that provides your rug with at least three Kizil Ayak features: 1) the basic white ground pictorial design, 2) the red wefts, and 3) the main border.
The first two of these features seem associated with later Kizil Ayak production, while the main border is seen on pieces which may be of the older Kizil Ayak variety (older Turkmen borders are often narrow and simple) .
Sorry to have misled you momentarily."
The rug is Kizil Ayak and anyone with a good understanding of old Turkmen weavings would instantly recognize this.
Demonstrably, howe's understanding of these weavings, which is according to him the area he is most interested in, is, like price=clown's, severely challenged and hardly extant -- the holes in their knowledge larger than those in the centers of a dozen cheap bagels.
Misleading momentarily, as howe gingerly put it, might sound OK to him but it rings incredibly loud to us, considering these types of errors are almost rampant in clownland.com. Plus making the same mistakes over and over adds little to the idea these turkootek,com “teachers” can teach anyone anything. Or, for that matter, even learn what they don’t, and clearly never, will ever know.
Again RK can only reiterate: It's time for these clowns to close up the circus tent and to take their erroneous road show out of public view. That way there'll be no more misleading anyone, except of course themselves -- and that's exactly as it should be.