Unfortunately the cover-up and damage control for that dud of a Turkish rug LACMA purchased from dennis dodds continues unabated even though the futility of such efforts are manifest to all concerned.
The museum exhibited the rug in the third part of a show entitled “Luxury Textiles East and West”, organized to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the museum’s Department of Costume and Textiles. The year long, three-part show, was mounted, according to the press release, to “…showcase some of this departments finest treasures”.
There were some excellent pieces on view as the photo below demonstrates:
However, the Turkish re-entrant rug dodds conned the museum into purchasing, which is visible in the center of the photo, could surely not be considered as one of them. In fact, it did not belong in the exhibition at all considering the gross lack of integrity, beauty or historical importance it carries.
On the stand in front of the rug the following label appeared:
Turkey, Anatolia, Konya region
In sixteenth-century Europe, carpets from Turkey were luxury imports. Rarely placed on the floor, however, these richly patterned textiles were draped over tables, beds, or chests to proclaim the wealth and status of their owners. The natural dyes in this carpet are barely faded, providing a rare opportunity to experience their original vibrancy. The clear shapes and clean lines of the carpet’s design give it an unusually strong architectural quality.
Knotted wool pile on wool foundation
98 1/2 x 64 1/2 in. (250.19 x 163.83 cm)
Gift of the 2004 Collectors Committee
While that wishful thinking of a description and dating might have fooled the curator responsible for championing its purchase, the staff of the museum and the 54 patrons of the Collectors Committee it surely hasn’t been able to pass muster with RK.com or any other knowledgeable Turkish rug experts.
That said, it did initially get the seal of approval from walter denny, louise mackie and john thompson but denny’s recent retraction and forward dating of the rug to circa 1750 implies he, mackie and thompson erred, big time.
But the dreadful lack of importance dodds’s carpet portends isn’t only visible to acknowledged experts, as many ordinary rug collectors with little or no expertise in historic Turkish Village weavings have also realized that as well.
It seems the only group who still believes the fairy-tale dodds conjured up is the administration of the museum itself and, of course, dodds.
Sadly the old expression “There’s none so blind as those who refuse to see” is perfect for this situation. It’s a modern day re-enactment of the Emperor’s New Clothes story and a pathetic one at that.
RK.com is not going to allow this dastardly transgression to be packed away in moth-balls and hidden in some inaccessible nook in the museum. We will not rest until ms Rich and her administration face the reality of having squandered the trust given them by those 54 patrons of that Collectors Committee and a considerable amount of money on an inferior, late genre copy.
It is neither museum worthy or historically important.
Perhaps the only veritable fact in this mess is the title of installment of that show where the rug appeared – “Opulent Interiors” – because, in truth, the only place a rug like that belongs is on the floor in an opulent interior decorating job, not on view in a major museum masquerading as a 16th century masterpiece.