RK believes the most amazing rug event of the past century is the refusal of hali magazine to take a position, any position, vis-à-vis the Los Angeles County Art Museum’s (LACMA) purchase of that late genre copy of a supposed circa 1550 "Bellini" rug.
RugKazbah.com has led the charge the seller, dennis dodds, hoodwinked a naive curator at LACMA into recommending its purchase to the Museum's Collector's Circle of benefactors.
So far the Museum has re-set the date this carpet was thought to have been made twice -- first from 1550 to 1600 and now from 1600 to 1650.
And while they are moving it in the right direction, according to us, they still have 100 years or maybe more to go.
To ignore this fiasco makes mockery of hali's belief it is the mouthpiece for the world of rugs.
In fact, it has proven hali to be the agenda driven, advertiser's best friend, we have claimed it is rather than the independent voice its publicity tries to hype.
There is little doubt dodds's kooky ideas the rug is a masterpiece of it type, a museum worthy object and one that justifies the $250,000 he was paid, are totally ridiculous.
Besides the voluminous documentation offered here on RugKazbah.com disproving dodds sales pitch, we have totally discredited the BS story he used in getting the confidence of that curator and bamboozling her into presenting it to the Collector's Committee.
But even worse than dodds’s greed and stupidity in selling a late genre copy to a public institution, as an original, is hali's failure to either join the chorus of disgusted rug collectors, dealers and fanciers who know what a travesty dodds has caused or to provide documentation and support for dodds's dopey position the rug is circa even 1650.
Lord knows how desperate hali is for copy -- witness the pacquin embroidery imbroglio or the mealy-mouthed "study" they recently published on Tekke Main Carpets -- yet not a peep about the dodds/LACMA affair.
Why? Well let's just say not only is the editorial staff extremely rug challenged but since hali is agenda-driven, and dodds is part of that agenda, do we have to say more?