Is it or isn't it?
One thing is for sure, a c14 date will not really settle the issue for anyone who knows enough about the process to understand it is surely not a definitive judge for any carpet that has not been preserved under very unusual conditions to prevent contamination.
RK is on record as declaring the fragment is genuine, and we are sticking to our position until irrefutable evidence proves the contrary.
And even though Christies withdrew the lot prior to the sale to " get more information ", which is the official reason and the one released by the department to answer all queries, RK is not shaken one bit from our position.
As we wrote the two color warps are for us the final element of proof the fragment is part of the genuine Seljuk fragment it resembles.
And while it is interesting to watch the gyrations and consternations RugDUMB, and Chrisitie's, are having over this brouhaha, we can only surmise after the c14 dating is done nothing much will have changed.
And we are also pretty sure there is more to the story than Christies is 'fessing up. So stay tuned but don't start popping the jiffy-pop just yet, as RK is equally sure the final act will be some time in coming.