Perhaps one of the biggest jokes in the rug business, and there are many of them, is James aka "Jimbo" Allen.
His "website" is truly a sight - here's his introduction, which is full of laughs, and a link to the rest of the fantasy world he lives in and others, who are equally challenged, buy into from time to time.
I have collected Turkomen weaving since the late 1970's
(JC: in the mid-80's when I met him he was just beginning)
along with other
types of ethnographic art. I've published interesting
(JC: Interesting? These articles are more humorous than interesting)
articles in Hali
and Ghereh magazines, Oriental Rug Studies V, lectured at the
International and the National Conferences on Oriental Rugs, and even
played varsity football on scholarship at Jacksonville State University,
Somehow managing to later graduate sum laude in molecular
biology, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1973, I went on
to become a popular poet at ABC NOREO off Remsen street in the East
Village of New York City.
(JC" If you think his writing on rugs are a joke, wait till you read his "poetry", ugh)
I am very proud of the fact that I C-14 tested
and verified the first 17th century Turkoman artifact
(JC: This is just another a-bey ploy to sell airport art as important, right jimbo?)
on record. I once had a flourishing business in Brooklyn, N.Y
(JC:?). and now reside down South in pleasant Chattanooga,Tennessee - 423-629-7186.
I sell value
(JC: Value to who , you the seller? Surely not the buyer)
: You can put your trust in me
(JC: Put your trust in jimbo and say goodbye to your wallet)
to help you acquire true art
(JC: True Art? This must be poetic license, ha ha)
treasures. Getting what you pay for is only part of the equation here at
(JC: The rest is never seeing your money again,right jimbo?).
The feeling of quality and timelessness transferred from the
"authentic" tribal artifact to ones own self is truly a sublime
(JC: More poetry, huh jimbo?)
It is much like being transported from "here" to some
"other" time in place.*
(JC: Again transported sans your wallet, which jimbo will hold for you)
The qualities, virtues, the native person embues
each and every handmade object with is experienced directly by the
sensitive person, the aesthete. I am assuredly such a person and you
can have faith first and foremost in my aesthetic TASTE.
(JC: Have faith in jimbo but tie your camel tight!)
I have sold
major pieces of ethnographic art to many of the contemporary collections
in America today.
(JC: He's an ebay legend)
Because I sell value I intend to be selling here for
a long time.
Here is the link to his website: