Photos of acor by mike, aka raoul, tschebull have recently been posted on a website that claims to be a newspaper of sorts for the rug world. The ‘of sorts’ is definitely the operative word there as the types of stories the editor, a rug bumkin if there ever was one, chooses have run the gamut from promoting “A new book from one of America's Greatest Rug Experts, Peter Saunders!”(for those of you unfamiliar with ms saunder’s his “career” has gone from being convicted and incarcerated for grand theft larceny for stealing customers rugs in California to posing in a self-produced and distributed transvestite calendar where he was the “star” model) to yet another silly, or as others have characterized stupid, installment of jimbo Allen displaying his uniquely lame and absurdly oblique takes on “The Turkmen”. Some news venue, huh?
Anyway raoul’s(perhaps mr tschebull would someday like to explain to me his apparent abhorrence for his god given name and adoption of “mike”, as this has always been a curiosity) report was, in keeping with his tendency to utter only one liners(does he really have so little to say about rugs after being involved in this field for more than 30 years?), amazingly short on anything other than worthless chit-chat.
Here are two examples:
The first is about this Saryk chuval:
“ ‘Saryq’ chuval, machine serged on all four sides. Asymmetric knots; left and right borders missing. Pets nice, good color. Jon Thompson opines that the weaver of this bag was "Ersaryq".” Leaving aside raoul’s homage to ex-dr. thompson’s dopey “Ersarq”(is this just another of thompson’s Imreli “jokes’) is this the best commentary tschebull could muster? Does anyone really care it was machine serged? And while he was apparently astute enough to notice the chuval’s asymmetric knotting that cleverness did seem to extend to his noticing whether the knots were open right or left, leaving the impression raoul doesn’t know the difference or was just to dumb to realize its importance. Glad he “petted” it, though.
Another of tschebull’s abysmally doltish remarks:
“It is finally becoming acceptable to exhibit fragments of early 19th century interesting Transcaucasian village-woven pile rugs. To call such rugs simply "Caucasian" is a misnomer.”
demonstrates what a pedant this rug dealer from New England really is as he utters the term “trans-caucasian” like it really means something more than simply “Caucasian”. Who is this over-blown fool trying to kid?
But raoul’s spelling kuba as “quba” really take the cake. Sorry raoul but wowing those matrons in southern Connecticut who might troop into your shoppe to buy a floor rug with your command of rug lingo doesn’t hold a can of beans with anyone short of the newbie dummies who frequent turkkotek, where your one liners seem to hold equal sway.
In a nut-shell all of mr tschebull’s journalistic efforts since publishing his Kazak picture book in 1971 have only served to convince many that would be his finest achievement, and with good reason.
Raoul then goes on the mention, so briefly to make one wonder why he even bothered to write anything at all, ralph and Linda kaffel’s talk by picturing two of the most revoltingly Europeanized seichur-type rugs I have ever seen:
The kaffel’s are rich folks and have, at times(but mostly only at auction) splurged out on purchases. In their now 20’s of raising their paddle(or, as it is rumored, by sitting at the knees of famous dealers and having them “vet” the rugs for them for large commissions) the kafel’s have supposedly amassed some excellent pieces. Why wasn’t one of those chosen by the tschebull-drekker? Didn’t the kaffel’s bring some “stars” with them to acor? Or were they too afraid to take them along to Seattle for whatever reasons?
And speaking of rich rug-collecting proletarians, there’s marylyn wolf holding up the small seichur monstrosity on the right. Shame people with so much net worth have so little taste(notice the large and rather pedestrian piece of Turkmen jewelry hung around her neck – I got a chance to see it in the flesh when the wolfs sashayed into sotheby’s on Friday, ugh is all I could politely say.)
What the wolf’s lack in taste and class they sure make up for with their finances. Today someone told me a story I will repeat here for laughs. Seems the wolf’s traveled to Istanbul some years ago with a large suitcase full of cash, supposedly $250,000.00 and went around to all the dealers in the bazaar telling them about it and flashing a look at their lucre for all to see. What fools, lucky they got out with their money.
Yes, yes dear readers the rug world is a funny place full of pompous idiots parading their stupidity as if ignorance was bliss. Well, at least, that’s how it appears to me. Howe about you???