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Author:jc
email: jc@rugkazbah.com
Tue, Jun 23rd, 2009 08:32:19 AM
Topic: Auction Hype Part 2 re:Christie's NY

RK has claimed the rug sold at Christies for $206,000 is not, as presented their catalog and believed by many including the successful bidder, a 17th century weaving, regardless of where it was made.

Lot 19, sold June 9th at Christies, NY.


detail lot 19

RK has already stated it is a workshop production that is, in our opinion, nothing but a pastiche of elements lifted from earlier weavings.

We have spoken to the new owner and listened to his rather amateurish and specious claims of how “important” and “interesting” this rug is, and frankly we feel it necessary to demonstrate where a rug like it lies in Oriental Carpet History.

Here is the modello, the model, from which most of the elements of the Christie rug have been lifted.


Plate 28, page 171, “Oriental Carpets in the Museum of Islamic Art, Berlin".

As anyone with 20/20 vision can see the Berlin rug is centuries older than that piss-poor example the new owner is now braying about.

Go study the two rugs and you too will have to agree the comparison is valid and well proves our point.

The new owner should also note the border, which was one element he was enamored of, is nothing but an invention based on taking a mirror image, ie doubling, the design element found in the standard Transylvanian cartouche border and instead of putting in a cartouche, the designer of the Christie rug put it into a square.

RK could go on ripping up the stupid fantasy the new owner or anyone believes about lot 19 but frankly we find this boring and a waste of our time.

It is clear to any expert in historic eastern Mediterranean carpets, even without seeing the two comparisons presented here, the Christie’s rug is nothing but a workshop invention that has no genuine historic value, nor does it have any genuine art value.

It is an ungainly, two-dimensional later genre reproduction made not in the 17th century, or even the 18th century, but circa 1800 as far as RK is concerned.

And as far as the new owner's belief it has any "importance", "beauty" or connection to Oriental Carpet History is concerned?

RK can only say keep trying, sir, perhaps next time you will get it right though we doubt, without someone of RK's calibre to help you, the chances of that happening might just be slightly less than an ice-cube has in a hot pizza oven.

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