The palaver continues over in clownland. Some thickheaded guy, horst nitz, refuses to believe his rug is a commercially produced floor covering. He dreams it is a piece of history, a genuine expression of ethnographic sentiment. Sorry horstey old bean, it’s not. Far from it, in fact…about as far as you could get without crossing the border to Pakistan, where hunt’s rug was probably made.
While horst realizes it’s not very old, the 100 years he suggests is also off the mark. The rug is recent production face facts.
Here’s the photo again:
The only reason for posting comments about this situation a second time was to include the following, which is a quote from horst:
“This has led us to a situation where apparently even seasoned rug collectors don’t recognize a tribal rug or rug in a tribal tradition when they fall over one, as it doesn’t fit readily into prevailing aesthetic concepts which may be more ideally suited for evaluating the very old in distinction from the relatively recent ones, that is after the end of 19th century.”
The situation he refers to, the influence of Western commercialism on indigenous rug-making traditions, is a valid one as is the idiocy of the commentaries usually posted by professor clown and company. However, the naysayers in clownland who have upset horst got it right this time – it was such an easy one even they couldn’t screw up.
But of course, horst’s ego couldn’t accept the truth about his purchase of a worthless floor rug after talking himself into “knowing” it was a Saryk, and a rare one at that.
This is nothing new for clownland’s people, it has happened before with junk airport-art and commercial rugs paraded around as ethnographic ‘art’.
Nor is it uncommon in the rug world at large.
There are lots of midget-brained posers and pseudo-collectors with supersized egos, too bad there aren’t enough real historic weavings to improve their chances of getting one at that next auction or from that dealer down the road.
Some say : A little knowledge goes a long way but in the rug world it’s more like: A little knowledge is dangerous, very dangerous, right horst??.