Today RK received the following email from a reader concerning the kelim pictured below.
We thought it interesting to post the kelimís picture, the readerís email and our reply.
kelim offered for sale by alan marcuson at the SF tribal show
have you seen the kilim shown at SF tribal&textile art show?
I called the vendor yesterday and he told me the price: 37.000.-USD.
He said, that there was a lot of interest, it is 18th c. and a top, top, top piece.
But it wasn't sold.
Is this one as good as told?
Seems to be an interesting piece.
I don't want to buy it but maybe something to learn from.
How would you judge the piece?
Would be fine to hear a few words from you.
RK saw the picture of alan marchson's kelim 2 weeks ago
and was not impresssed
First it might be 18th century but so what when
much earlier pieces exist...and by the way the supposed
"early" pieces, c14 dated by that turko-jerk jurg rageth, are mostly
not as early as the "dates" claim
Second RK did not find the marcuson beautiful, nor is the
design interesting iconography
Impressive iconography is not something that is defined
by using imagery that is common and often seen
Iconography must be original and this kelim fails
on that level as well
FACT: there is so little understanding of what makes an
excellent non classical weaving
It is very easy to judge an Ottoman or Safavid weaving
but when it comes to weavings made outside of
court atelier/workshop/factory few, if any, rules
Nor can few, if any, supposed expert/connoisseurs
do anything than express their own opinions
What RK writes is not opinion, we back up our statements with
art historical and other data,, facts,, and while there is no real
"science", 100 percent provable data, in carpet studies
what RK provides is way more than 50 percent or just opinion
If you were someone who could pay RK for our expertise we could
take the time to prove to you why the marcuson kelim is at best what
RK calls a late classic--and also prove it is derivative and not original
Hope those few words are interesting for you