It would be impossible to read RugKazbah.com without getting the impression rugdom is a pretty screwed-up, pathetic place where the personal interests and agendas of those in charge rule the roost often at the expense of the very claims and virtues these self-appointed "leaders" continually voice. And nowhere is this more apparent then when icoc and acor events happen.
The icoc, which is billed as the international version, and acor, which was originally oriented to the American rug scene but quickly assumed what we have called an icoc-lite stature because both groups now have basically the same group of “names” on their masthead, well demonstrate the effects of this major shortcoming.
Most of these pooh-bahs are nothing more than high-level rug-groupies, who have proven themselves to be completely inept when it comes to organizing a conference and since all past conferences have received considerable criticism one wonders why things have not changed after all these years?
After, and even during, every icoc or acor event the grumblings and complaints about the obvious lack of simple and really very basic organizational skills and awarenesses have trumped the exhibitions no matter how exceptional.
Forget about all those critiques directed at the bloated “academic programs” containing “lectures” that, besides for the free hotel rooms and other perks offered to the “lecturers”, have mostly had little other value or worth to anyone.
This has been the case with EVERY past icoc or acor and the Istanbul icoc appears to be no different.
While RK has yet to complete our look at what happened there, we would like to re-publish the following comments, which by the way are presently posted online elsewhere.
They suggest the latest problems, miscalculations and difficulties were not due to having the event in Istanbul, as we are sure will be cited by those charged with running the show, but rather to bringing this same group of feckless and hapless organizers and letting them screw-up again.
“With two after-hours events each evening, there was no dearth of wonderful textiles to see in a land famous for many kinds of textiles. What was missing was the concept that if one invites a crowd at dinner hour, one should serve food to go along with the wine and other beverages. In all the events, the food was very meager (except for the Topkapi buffet--there the food was plentiful, but not good). People were so hungry that those passing the “starters” around were mobbed when they came out of the door with a tray and it became difficult to get anything to eat. There were no lists of restaurants.
Also, there wasn’t much thought given as to how to get a crowd, and this was a large gathering - hundreds, not tens – moving and flowing through exhibits. (emphasis added, ed)
The event content was excellent, but the execution seemed to have been carried out by amateurs or people who obviously don’t do this very often. It’s a shame, for while I’m sure many will remember the outstanding textiles in Turkey, they will also remember the total lack of real hospitality or planning."(emphasis added, ed)
Reading the above few sentences encapsulates what we know from personal experience has happened at every past conference, icoc or acor, we attended.
After many of these past events, RK has led the chorus of those who want to see future conferences organized more professionally and we will gladly lend our voice here once more.
This recurring problem is truly typical and par for the course for rugdom, where incompetence and self-interests invariably trump all other interests.
RK will continue to examine what really happened in Istanbul and post that information here as soon as possible.