Yes, it is a lamentable situation, the bitchy-ness etc.
However, the larger issues - i.e. the almost abysmal lack of genuine original scholarship; the willingness of rug collectors and dealers to allow fools like price, jimbo allen and their small circles of hanger-ons to "speak" for the rug world instead of censuring or even silencing them; the control a small group of self-elected and perpetuating rug "names" exert on the icoc and acor; the lack of any real peer review of what appears in hali and on rug websites; the inability of the rug world to interest art museums to hold exhibitions outside of rug events like icoc or acor; the lack of equal respect, in fact snobbery, accorded to Classical carpets vis-à-vis early clan, village and town rugs; etc - make that one into a minor peccadillo.
Thanks for your perspective on imokub2. I agree with what you have said and also think mr truth's axe grinding is but a vain attempt to discredit Phillips, someone who works hard and runs an honest business - unlike many others we could name.