RK has written convincingly about what we have called the “myth of Karapinar”.
In that process we have demolished the idea the village of Karapinar, in central Anatolia, was a (prosperous) weaving center prior to the later part of the 19th century.
Fact is this village, Karapinar, was, before then, nothing but a sleepy, poor backwater that could not have possibly been home to the production of the multitude of rugs now considered by most in rugDUMB to have been produced in its environs.
We suggest readers review our post “the myth of Karapinar” in our “Best of RK” topic area.
It is clear from dodds’s offer, shown below, that he has not read our research, which does not surprise us as dodds is a proven rug-ignorant and a prime example of what RK calls rugDUMB.
Below is that offer -- a mediocre example of a rug made in the Konya vicinity incorrectly called “karapinar” by mr. dodds, a proven rug-cheat and thief.
It’s clear dodds has hung the “karapinar” appellation on this rug in the hopes of disguising its mediocrity with that dazzlingly enticing sobriquet.
Frankly nothing, even spraying painting “karapinar” goo-goo dust on it, could lift this rug’s pedestrian qualities to even beginning collector quality, let alone the heights dodds, the fabricator, has attempted to advertise.
Here’s the short sales-spiel dodds includes with his online offer of a rug RK wouldn’t let our dog, Bozwell, sleep on:
Rug-idiot dodds states:
“Classic Karapinar lph (ed. large pattern holbein) octagon rug with strong graphic presence, c. 1825-50, or earlier”
Calling this rug a “classic” is nothing but a transparent ploy, worthless words meant to deceive and trick a neophyte rug collector; words no seasoned experienced one would credence, let alone open one's wallet for.
However his next breath comparison to “large pattern holbein” rugs of the 15th and 16th centuries is so preposterous, even a carpet-bRagging clown like dodds should realize its absurdity.
The "karapinar" he is virtually peddling has absolutely no association with earlier “large pattern holbein” pieces, but in dodd's greedy and twisted world of rug-salesmanship any ploy, no matter how far-reaching, is played.
Such a comparison is laughable and ludicrous. It can not help but remind RK of the now proven inflated deception, lies and hype dodds used in 2004 to pawn off the late, genre period, reproduction/revival “bellini” off on the Los Angeles County Art Museum's (LACMA) "collector's committee".
RK has made it perfectly clear how rugDUMB’s turning its blind eyes to that fiasco and fraud has empowered doods into believing he is above critique and criticism.
Far from it really; but as time goes on and no one fingers dodds for his fraudulent actions he continues to feel immune, and goes about his devious and duplicitous modus operandi.
Witness his attempt to sell pieces like this late 19th century piece of airport-art Konya weaving as a genuine, and important "Karapinar" collector’s piece.
RugDUMB seriously needs to assess its priorities, and do it post haste before dodds singlehandedly destroys any remaining credibility rug studies might have now, or might have once possessed.
From the present’s sad and regrettable look of things RK would have to surmise rugDUMB and captain dodds will all go down with the listing, sinking ship of stowaway clowns and fools -- a Titanic RK has called rugDUMB for many years now.