Despite antique oriental rug collecting being very small-time pursuit compared with other types of antique and art collecting there is no shortage of internet pundits.
Most do their commenting in conjunction commercial interests to “sell” pieces from their collection, be that collection in their closet or an actual brick and mortar store.
Mr john taylor, from Germany, and his so-called G-Town blog is one of the few who has no commercial bend to his punditory efforts.
RK has written about taylor and his blog, also called rugbam.com – whatever that means – before.
And today’s short addition well demonstrates why we suggested taylor stick to talking about “classical” rugs and leave any heavy lifting, in fact any lifting at all, of Turkmen, Anatolian and other non-classical rugs alone.
Recently taylor, who is also a dealer but neatly keeps, at least so far, his blog free of any mentions of his commercial rug-activities, posted the following rather droll and uninteresting, not to mention airport-art period, Turkmen pile weaving for sale.
A germesh (or gertmesh as taylor spells it), is a Turkmen rug-collecting term for a smallish weaving alleged by some authors to have been placed below the engsi to keep dirt and small animals from entering the yurt.
However, in this effort taylor belly-flops so severely we wonder if he was able to remove his face from the water’s splashing surface after he hit.
First off, the weaving taylor is trying to offload is not in any way, shape or form a germesh.
And regardless of the fact most germesh are too small to ever have been used below an engsi, rendering the term in Turkmen twilight-zone, there are several immutable characteristics his lacks.
Most important is its size and the absence of the synak outer border all genuine germesh, as well as the majority of pre-mid-19th century engsi, display.
Here is a real and early 19th century germesh for comparison:
Tekke germesh, early 19th century, ex-RK collection
There is no doubt taylor’s germesh is not a germesh. Rather it is what has been referred to by some authors as a gun-cover.
Weavings like it are all distinctly late Turkmen pile-woven products.
RK has never seen one of these gun-covers that is earlier than the late 19th century, and taylor’s is surely no best of type.
Frankly, we find it without any merit, a thought that appears others share as it has remained for sale with no takers.
Making such a simple error -- mistaking a gun-cover for a germesh – is an embarrassing one, especially for a pundit like taylor who feels his scribblings about Turkmen rugs to be worthwhile reading.
Sorry, taylor, wrong again, and you’d be wise to heed RK’s suggestion to refrain from further belly-flops by remaining far from the Turkmen swimming-pool, even the roped-off not so deep kiddie end.