While we still have not had the opportunity to post a pic of the rug we'd nonetheless like to add a few comments about it.
When we stated the rug did not light up our eyes, we did not mean to imply we thought it was trash. Far to the contrary, however, though we do well know it is valuable and interesting, it is not, in our estimation, worth the price hermann shelled out for it.
We are privy to some behind-the-scenes information which does explain why someone in hermann's definitely unenviable position would dump so many pounds sterling to buy it. As always, there is a story behind the story and when, and if, we can substantiate beyond a reasonable doubt what we believe to be that story we will, of course, publish it here.
So until then any further comments about it's sale price will have to wait.
We will say the design is, to us, stiff as a board -- we rarely, if ever, like mechanically articulated weaving and we doubt anyone, even hermann, could possibly mount a case to the contrary for the rug in question.
Added to that fact and because the coloration was less than as it appeared in the catalog photo. we'd have to remain a disbeliever in the alleged superiority this rug seems to have engendered in many other people's opinions.
Naturally for any collector, or dealer, who is motivated by the stamp collector mentality (which as we all recognize runs through not only the rug collecting universe) the 'uniqueness' the 'design' of this rug possesses might make it the bee's knees.
But, as far as RK is concerned, 'uniqueness' and rarity in and of themselves do not necessarily translate into the factors that make us stand up and take notice of a weaving. They are important factors for sure but, as this case demonstrates, not to be overstated in comparison to the many other virtues that, again in our opinion, must be present in any artwork that sells for the amount this piece made when the auctioneer's hammer hit the block.