Almost 10 years ago RK posted the above.
Much has happened since, however, we doubt even the most myopic observer could not say what we wrote was incorrect.
Nor do we believe anyone could say what has happened is for the best.
RugDUMB is mired in illusions of self-congratulary appreciation and praise.
An organization like acor (American conference on oriental rugs) bit the dust some years ago. We doubt highly it will be resurrected.
Screen-shot of the acor website Jan. 15, 2014
And the icoc (international conference on oriental rugs) has been reduced to a "tour" group organizer, and we sincerely doubt it too will ever hold another conference in the mold of those from former years.
Screen-shot of the icoc website Jan. 15, 2014
Both these organizations were, no doubt, started with lofty goals but soon it became evident the "leaders" were far more interested in self-promotion, benefit and in-group dealing than egalitarian support for the research, study, appreciation and scholarship their mission statements and published goals espoused.
RK witnessed this first hand, and we are sure anyone who has been involved for two decades or more knows this as well.
But instead of recognizing the truth the acor website still promotes the myth they will be back, and the icoc website calls organizing a "tour" that cost participants thousands to attend a "major event".
Yes, it is a major event -- a major FUND RAISING event to continue the practice of paying the travel expenses for those committees and boards to continue to meet to plan more ways to continue to meet.
And dennis the proven cheat, liar and thief, dodds remains the icoc secretary general.
Not one of the more than fifty people who are on the various icoc organization boards and committees has ever publicly confronted dodds for his 'Bellini" rug rip-off of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Or for using his position to organize several local Pennsylvania museum exhibitions and after stocking them with his inventory then selling his rugs off those museum walls.
Oriental rugs deserve better and more than this.
RK could go on but why bother?
It is a shame we are the only voice brave enough to challenge the status quo and to publicly denounce those whose actions surely deserve to be criticized.
RK is not surprised those we have accused don't like us, nor are we surprised a bunch of chicken-shit chicken-littles, who befriend them or are in awe of their bogus reputations pumped up by and in that rag hali, see fit to level asinine and untrue accusations at us.
Time is wasting and RK has become convinced the situation will never change and rug collecting and appreciation will continue to increasingly fade away for the coming decades.
Or at least until those who now believe they are controlling its destiny die and disappear.
Perhaps then a clean slate will allow proper recognition of the mess they have made and a new group of aficionados will begin to right a ship that is all but completely sunk.