Surely the objections raised here on RK.com concerning the dud of a rug LACMA purchased from dodds have reached across the Atlantic and are by now known to you.
The apparent disinterest and avoidance of this topic you have thus far evinced must mean you feel what has been written by us is not worth commenting upon. Either that or you are afraid to engage us in discussion on the merits, or lack of them, to our argument. We suspect the later is the reason for your silence.
RK must comment we expected no different, as there is no upside for you here and a big downside, right?
Since you, hamburger danny as we like to call you, generally are over your head when it come to displaying expert knowledge of historic Oriental Carpets, RK.com clearly believed you would be unable to cogently frame any argument on either side of this issue. However, because anyone with even a smattering of familiarity with early Turkish village rugs can discern dodds's rug that is now housed in LACMA's storeroom is the dud we claim it is, even you know what we say is fact.
Granted dodds is one of the "names" hali has consistently trumpeted and others similarly favored, like little lord franses, johnny eskanazi et. al, have also passed off other late genre copies as 16th and 17th century masterpieces more times than we'd bother to recount herewith.
This being the case, RK well understands your reticence to express what you know - Heaven Forbid, you might loose them as advertisers.
Such self-interest and in-group pandering is never laudable but when, in an instance like this where a public institution has purchased an inferior work and you know it, your silence and obvious head-turning borders on complicity.
The level of honesty and truth appearing between hali's glossy, some would say greasy, covers has never been one of the high points of your rags accomplishments but since you have been in the editor's swivel chair there has been an obvious decomposition in that department in our expert opinion.
The antique and historic carpet and textile world is a small one, in fact it is very small and the number of people who are capable or even willing to voice an opinion publicly almost infinitesimal. This puts great responsibility on hali and, more than any other reason, demands you, and the magazine that pays for your meal ticket, own up and take that responsibility seriously and to heart.
Why have you not done that?