Posted by Irwin Kirsch on December 11, 1998 at 10:05:50:
In Reply to: Tomorrow's collectibles? posted by Jerry Silverman on December 10, 1998 at 23:27:03:
: So I wonder which of the 20th century pieces will become the antique treasures of our great-grandchildren. Could these be among them? I wouldn't be surprised.
This is a good question, but one fraught with no plausible answers. One may think that today's rugs woven with natural dyes and handspun wool, e.g. Dobag, etc. would be the leading candidates since those are some of the primary qualities that today's collectors cherish. The rugs we are collecting today may be considered by future generations as semi-classical weavings and the prices (we hope) may be out of reach for these collectors. Secondly since tastes change, these 22nd century collectors may want to acquire the garish, synthetic, machine made (this may be a stretch but possible) weavings to capture what they may believe to be the tastes of their 20th century ancestors. Only time will tell. Too bad we won't be around to tell.
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