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Author:jc
email: jc@rugkazbah.com
Fri, Jul 5th, 2013 07:43:45 AM
Topic: The Lesghi-Star

There’s an old expression, “children should be seen and not heard”, which even if adapted to ‘fools should be seen and not heard’, unfortunately does not come close to describing RK’s view of the sand-box antics steev price and his band of rug-challenged cohorts dilly-dally at every day.

Why these know-littles and know-nothings continually act-out their fantasy belief anyone, other than complete novices like themselves, puts any credence in what they publish for public consumption is beyond us.

Over the last month, these cretins have been trying to ‘discuss’ the lesghi-star pattern found on many mid-later 19th century rugs.

The nonsense and pseudo-scholastic interpretations price and his peanut-gallery express would be funny were it not for considering anyone surfing the internet, who is curious about old/antique or historic Oriental Rugs, could very well end up in price’s website.

This is no joke.

RK knows well many people are becoming interested in historic carpets - their history and beauty are powerful aphrodisiacs for the eye and mind. However, clods and bores like those who post on price’s site – imagine, windle swann is the grand-old man of wisdom there – would surely turn-off any intelligent inquiring mind who happened to read any of their misguided musing on the subject.

Examples of this are bountiful, in fact, there is hardly anything else there that could be characterized differently.

RK could debunk and rebuke almost everything that appears there, but yessshhh, who has time for that?

Ok then let’s get to the meat here concerning the lesghi-star pattern and their flummoxed ideas.

While we agree this icon, the lesghi-star, is a later addition to the repertoire of Caucasian rug designs it does, apparently, have roots stretching back to the late 16th century, if not a bit before.

After one off price’s neophytes quoted dennis dodds’s theory it is derived from a geometric rotation of the Arabic letters for Allah, which is nothing other than another dumb idea from dodds (let’s not forget the mammoth errors he made in pitch to sell LACMA that rug and the egg that is all over his bearded countenance because of it), the assembled mini-minds went off on dodds’s tangent. Truly a patently erroneous one, at that.

As ludicrous as this was they then went even further down the garden path of idiocy when another mini-mind published the following photo of a Turkish Village rug:

The clowns on price’s site then began days of struggling with the age of that rug and the implications and connections its obvious lesghi-star carried.

Needless to say, it would be impossible to describe what transpired as adding anything of value to this issue and recounting a blow-by-blow account would be as interesting as eating a dirt-sandwich is tasty.

Perhaps the only thing worth noting is windle swann’s dumber than a rock statement about it: “The apparent pattern of fading of some of the reds similarly indicates the presence of fuchsine in Gantzhorn's #350. Although it is an unusual variation of the Lesghi star design, it is not, in my opinion, "safely pre-1850."

Whooaah there windle, open your peepers and close your mouth, dummy.

There is no way this rug is post-1850 and windle’s a fool for even thinking that, faded red or not, and an even bigger one for stating so in a public forum.

So much for the new board member of the textile museum’s intellectual rug capacity or the value of his experience after collecting old rugs for 30 years or more.

By the way, windle then continued trying to convince himself in public of his horribly incorrect age guesstimate, eventually squinching himself into a box even smaller than those containing the rug’s lesghi-stars.

While this rug is not as early as it might look to some eyes brighter than windle’s, it is pre-1800 and RK would date it circa 1750. It is an interesting accumulation of icons and patterns from earlier rugs and has one of, if not the, oldest fully developed lesghi-stars on any rug Rk has seen.

The derivation and origins of rug designs are a fascinating aspect of rug studies and RK has written often about our interest in this area.

There is no doubt anyone venturing into it must have a great command of the many types and the myriad periods of production.

Unfortunately, midget-brains and wanna-be rug experts, like windle and price=clown, can’t possibly say anything concrete or even interesting because of their intellectual deficiencies and their abysmal lack of comprehension derived from their supposed long time rug experience.

They prove this over and over again, ad infinitum.

That subject aside, here is the real reason RK has, once again, poked our pen at price and company:

This rug, which has been called proto-Holbein by one author, Gantzhorn who published it in his ‘survey’ (it is from the Vakiflar Museum in Turkey and also published in the Vakiflar book), could just as easily be called proto-lesghi.

Amazingly, one of price-clown’s ‘people’ posted it in another of their ‘discussions’ and not one of them made the connection to the still simmering struggle to figure out the derivation of the lesghi-star.

How much more proof do these fools need to convince them how pathetic their efforts to correctly interpret what is, let alone formulate anything new about old carpets, let alone historic ones?

Not only do they always miss the boat but, more often than not, end up falling into the drink and drowning in their own ineptness.

As one sage quipped: “Ignorance doesn’t talk, it swears.”. And regrettably, price=clown, windle swann and the rest of their circle would be far better off swearing off in private and not in public on the internet.

Author: jc
email:
Fri, Jul 5th, 2013 07:43:45 AM

For those readers unfamiliar with the name fred solemani, the person who chose fit to write in and then fade like a cheap T shirt in a hot wash, let us fill you in.

Mr solemani formerly was a rug "dealer" in Los Angeles. In a few words, to say he was a failure would be kind.

He was saved by having the good fortune to have a father-in-law who made some millions and, out of concern for his daughter, gave fred a "job".

Now years after the father-in-law sold the business he continues to have pity on him, pays solemani's bills and allows him to live rent free, etc in his Beverly Hills mansion.

This allows Mr solemani to dabble in rug buying and pontificating, as his post demonstrates.

Clearly, he is equally a failure at those efforts as well.

By the way: In the past he also, when we stupidly let him, wasted RK's time by telling us how he was going to do this and that for us.

He never did anything other than blow hot air in our direction.

Nuff said about a dumbass loser.

Author: Fred Soleimani
email: aimgp@aol.com
Tue, Jul 2nd, 2013 07:21:48 PM

RK Replies:

Greetings and welcome to RugKazbah.com:

Your idea sounds interesting. How about some evidence to support it?

You are welcome to send us, by email to info@rugkazbah.com, any pictures or other photographic evidence you have and our webmaster will place them in your subsequent postings, should you wish to substantiate your "theory".

Happy Independence Day.

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I believe institutionally and through being exposed to deep cultures and philosophies- that the so called lesgi star is far from lesgi-or of the Caucuses! It is however a primordial reach by ancient cultures such as found on the Indian continent - and Representative of the big bang - or exploding star - " Mudras Gul" - or mother of all denoting the big bang.

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