John: excellent post, thanks from me and, I am sure, RK.com's readership. Clearly you have spent quite a bit of time studying these amazing rugs and your perspective is both interesting and enlightening.
Over the years I have had the opportunity to see the Vienna rug and the Pezzoli in the flesh and must admit both are tour de force examples of Safavid art and technology.
The art value of these Classical carpets is well commented upon, however, they were also immense technological achievements. From the designing to the gathering and production of the constituent materials and finally to the actual weaving processes the making of such carpets, for the time period, were equal perhaps to something akin to our space program today.
These weaving required an enormous amount of both labor and technical expertise - facts often overlooked and overshadowed by appreciation of their visual beauty. Someday, perhaps, documentary evidence will be uncovered to allow us, five centuries later, to understand how the marshalling of resources, both natural and human, were prepared, organized and focused.
As for Hermann's posits and positions? What more can we say other than he is reinforcing the fact he has fallen off the deep end.
The first signs of this appeared more than a decade ago when, at a private invitation only affair held at sotheby's in New York, Hermann "introduced" some wild and comical "theories" about the sacred bird being the source of many carpet designs. I was there and must say it was hard to keep from laughing out loud at the absurd and preposterous opinions Hermann presented as "facts".
Sometime later we all know about how he vacated his showroom, stole his inventory, left his wife, reneged on his financial responsibilities to his family and commercial lenders, screwed rippon-boswell and a number of his suppliers. Since then Hermann has produced several equally distorted and nonsensical tracts, which like the piece you mention, have been published in Gereh. These "works" are basically gibberish and basically unreadable in English, as is probably the case in German as well, right?.
To say Hermann has shot himself in the foot is, in my opinion, a gross understatement. So naturally could his latest and greatest be any different?