Here is part of the press handout for the icoc kaitag "exhibition" at the
Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) in Istanbul.
“The Kaitag embroideries, dating from the 16th century through to the 19th century under Ottoman influence, presented in 1994-95 at L'Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris and the Deutsches Textilmuseum, Krefeld, Germany, is now meeting the artlovers in Istanbul.
This icoc last minute exhibit was organized by little lord franses of Queen St. London, who also was responsible for the shows at the other venues mentioned. Like them, this exhibition continues to make the outrageously absurd and totally off the wall claim there are kaitag embroideries dating from the “16th century”.
This claim is completely unsubstantiated and, like the similarly fallacious one dodds made about his bogus "Bellini" being circa 1550, deserves to be challenged by everyone in rugdom.
Both dodds and franses are serial over-daters who have so far gotten away with their dating misdeeds only because of the culpability of hali, the head-honcho icoc/acor poohbah rug idiots and the lazy masses of the gullible who call themselves rug collectors.
This must stop; carpetbaggers like franses and dodds need to be called out publicly, not only here on RugKazbah.com.
RK will be glad to "debate" with franses or dodds concerning their bogus claims of great age at anytime and in any place of mutual choosing.
We will be glad to pitch such claims, and others they have made, into the garbage can of rug history once and for all.
Of course, we know neither of these two self-impressed, glorified carpet-sellers have the courage or honesty to meet us to counter our positions.
They prefer instead to wallow in the admiration and goo-goo eyed approval of the mokes, posers and losers whose major efforts in rugdom are limited to going to and buying at auctions, where they receive the support of under-bidders and get the chance to have their chosen purchases written up not only in the auction catalog but by hali as well; going to rug conferences, where exhibitions like pacquins fake "Ottoman embroideries" or franses's questionable kaitags make mockery of genuine research, scholarship and go unquestioned; or reading that rag, hali magazine, where the abysmal lack of self-governance it exerts on rugdom has always been an issue and, as has become apparent lately, where no real research, expertise or investigation into these and many other looming issues ever gets published.
Letting franses, pacquin or dodds get away scot-free with the mistruths, distortions and lies they mouth with impunity is presently, and probably will be in the future, what will happen. That is unless enough of you eventually wake up and realize turning a blind eye and ignoring these misdeeds will, in the final result, do nothing but
keep interest in historic oriental rugs in its present art world nadir.