So far the only mention the "bellini" dodds sold to LACMA received was a "review" of an exhibition at LACMA where the rug made its first Los Angeles County public appearance soon after its purchase.
Penned by one sherry hunter, who is by the way not only a rug ignorant but a self-professed one, the review included this mention of dodds's "bellini":
"“Among these were the department’s latest acquisition, a 16th century double-niche carpet from Anatolia purchased by the 2004 Collectors’ Committee (4). Geometric in design, its rich saturated colours were probably made for a Venetian drawing-room, where it might have been hung as a panel or draped on a table, and could have been used as a prop in a painting by one of the great artists of the day. In good condition with little restoration, it has some playfulness in the multi-coloured checkerboard stripes that fill the trapezoidal spaces between the ‘dumbbell”-shaped niches and borders. The meandering floral vine in the main border is not exactly perfect, but a bit jagged, and was probably woven from memory, or copied from another carpet rather than from a cartoon.”
How did such an important purchase come to be "reviewed" by such a rank amateur? Well, RK learned soon after publication hali could find no one who actually knows about Turkish Village Rugs to write the review and therefore had to reach to the bottom of the barrel to get the job done.
There is no doubt they got what they reached for, as ms hunter goes on to describe the rug's re-entrant pattern as the "dumb-bell design".
How that serious blunder and indication of the writer's ignorance ever passed editorial review by hali is all part and parcel of their efforts to ignore the story to protect dodds's reputation.
RK has little doubt while hamburger danny schaeffer is full of chop-meat concerning his alleged rug expertise even he, and hali's rug-know-nothing new editor ben evans, knew the truth - dodds's rug is a dud and not nearly the circa 1550 masterpiece he sold it as.
They also knew this was the reason they could not get anyone competent to write the review of the rug's showing.
So now, with the proof of dodds's lies, fabrications and falsehoods documented for all to see here on RugKazbah.com, years later hali has still remained mum and silent.
By the way, the reason hunter wrote that the rug:
"...could have been used as a prop in a painting by one of the great artists of the day" is because dodds assured LACMA the rug was circa 1550.
It's not, and not by a long shot.
Likewise, the reason hunter wrote the rug was "In good condition with little restoration..." is because, again, LACMA believed what dodds stated.
Now, after doing its due diligence and investigation after the fact, LACMA knows the rug is heavily restored. In fact, they now claim it is about 50% restoration according to their infer-red analysis.
But as stupid as hunter's parroting dodds's lies and fabrications were her saying the rug's:
"...rich saturated colours were probably made for a Venetian drawing-room, where it might have been hung as a panel or draped on a table, and could have been used as a prop in a painting by one of the great artists of the day." takes the cake for idiocy.
This is a joke of huge proportions, as the closest to anything "Venetian" dodds's rug has ever come is to the venetian blinds covering dodds's and hunter's eyes.
No, the jig is up and it's time for hali to bone up and take responsibility for their serious lack of editorial oversight, not to mention their collusive actions and refusal to honestly publish the truth about an issue that is about as serious a one to ever come down the rug pike.