The bumpkin of the rug world, ivan soenderholm, who authors jozan.com is a foolhardy simpleton if he believes jim, aka jimbo, allen’s take on Turkmen rugs and the stupendously outrageous interpretations he forwards concerning the ethnographic significance of their ornamentation.
If that accusation wasn’t enough, mr jozan latest championing of this turko-idiot from Tenn. could be rightfully considered as aiding and abetting. This soenderholm rug-dunce is now acting, whether knowingly or unwittingly (either is equally as culpable), as a shill for jimbo’s predilection to pass off new, fake weavings as old.
I have sat by and witnessed other examples of jimbo’s little game but his latest foray into rug deception and its appearance on mr jozan’s website as a “connoisseur’s choice” is so egregious it deserves to be called out.
Here’s the rug:
Here are two closeup details of this fake. Right FAKE ersatz “caucasian” rug:
Here is the glowing description published on jozan.com, puhleeze:
“RUG NAME: Rare Type Baku Caucasian Rug
AGE: Circa 1880 or earlier
ID(Jozan): no. 846
DESCRIPTION: Here is an extremely rare Baku with a field of deep blue shot through with beautiful subtle abrash. The multicolored circular field elements remind me of stars in heaven. Several mafrash panels with this design are known including one published By Michael Rothberg in CARPETS AND TEXTILES OF THE WORLD. A main carpet with the same design has also been published. This may well be the only small rug known with this design and it is a real beauty! The rug measures 1.10 X 1.50 Meters and it is in MINT condition.
Price: $9,500.00 US Dollars".
Maybe jimbo's alter ego, a-bey, can get away with this charlatanism on EBAY because no-one bothers to call him on it there but I monitor the rug websites on the net and do not feel inclined to let something like this slip by.
So jimbo here’s your chance to take me to court to silence my accusations, go ahead and try. Instead of uselessly running your flapping jaws, bring it on. Matey. You can call mr jozan or barry o’CONell as your expert witnesses - -hardy ha ha…..