Recently RK engaged in some email conversation with jim , aka Jimbo, allen.
We did so against our better judgement and belief it would turn out to be a waste of time. We were not incorrect.
It began when we received an email from him concerning our views about the coming munkasci sale.
RK found it amazing someone like Jimbo who has professed such great interest in Turkmen weavings -- interest we might add with little expertise or knowledge behind it -- now believes no one cares about the subject, and neither does he.
Here are some quotes from Jimbo:
"WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WHEN YOU FINALLY REALIZE NOBODY GIVES A SHIT?"
"You think you know me but you don't. I have changed a great deal and the last thing on my mind is some underappreciated central Asian weaving."
We told Jimbo there are people who give a "shit", and even if there aren't the subject of Turkmen weavings, and their collection and preservation, is an important matter.
Not to waste more of our time recounting the nonsense, unsubstantiated bullshit jim allen can't refrain from spewing when trying to discuss Turkmen rugs we offer this comment to show Jimbo has not changed in one iota from the sub-human turko-moron he has always presented himself as being.
Readers might remember the engsi below, as it was the center of some discussion here on RK in 2012 that can be found in our Turkmen Rugs Topic Area. The title is "Ersari Engsi - early or late and the date is Nov 23, 2012.
Below is the engsi in question and some of our comments posted then
Ersari engsi, early Traditional period, deYoung Museum collection, donated by George Hecksher
RK knows this engsi well, as sometime in the early 1990’s jim allen, a former owner, proudly showed it to us foolishly calling it “Saryk”.
At that time, and even today, allen’s understanding of Turkmen rug weaving was extremely limited. His beliefs, like thinking this engsi Saryk, often continue to be as misguided and extremely suspect.
We expressed interest in buying the “Saryk” engsi but allen assured us it was “not for sale”.
Then, on our next voyage over the East River to Brooklyn to visit allen, it was gone and soon thereafter we learned George Hecksher had purchased it.
While we recognize allen was surely entitled to sell it to Hecksher, or anyone else, we did not appreciate his doing so when he was continually calling us to help him learn about Turkmen rugs and identify for him ones he had found.
So much for jimbo’s ideas of payback."
OK, it's a nice early 19th century Ersari engsi. But it is not, as Jimbo tried to claim in our recent email exchanges the following
"You have not comprehended what is going on in my old Ensi. Please remember it was chosen on of the top 40 best Turkmen in the DeYoung's exhibition where it was hung. That pretty much says it all. That ensi reads like a book and it tells a wonderful story. I wonder if you will ever see it. Please don't deride me about rugs as I don't
really care any more. I made my millions and now I intend on enjoying them."
It is not surprising Jimbo ended our emails after we insisted he prove some documentation to support his absurd ideas.
Or tells us what this engsi tells everyone since in his opinion it "reads like a book".
Of course jim allen could not provide anything and eventually got so disturbed and flustered he started accusing RK of being uneducated, having poor scholarship, and various other sins we supposedly have perpetrated.
It's nice to know Jimbo doesn't care anymore about the subject and wants to "enjoy his millions".
But this is probably nothing but more Jimbo fantasy trash talking.
We wish him well, but more so we wish good riddens to this clown whose career in rugdumb is littered with a long line of people who bought fake, reproduction, heavily restored mediocre rugs from him on Ebay and got cheated.
Not to mention all the hot-air bluster jim allen, the flapping jawed mouth from tennessee, blew on the internet, and still does as we have heard it on certain social media platforms.