Posted by Marvin Amstey on January 26, 1999 at 20:52:19:
In Reply to: Re: The topic posted by Wendel Swan on January 25, 1999 at 20:37:10:
: Tom Cole wrote:
: : Judging rug design aesthetics demands a font of knowledge, a solid base from which to judge. You are asking people to venture forth into dangerous and murky waters, exposed to the elements (and their peer group). It will be interesting to see where this goes.
: This is indeed a very deep and difficult topic, but I think it is perhaps the only aspect of rug aesthetics on which some agreement might be reached.
: In any event, it is the Alexander-Salingaros thesis that rug design aesthetics can be more or less quantified. I can see many interesting questions develop, but I haven't yet formulated by opinion on the whole process. I do know that I strongly identify with some of the notions expressed, but I still haven't worked through all of it.
: I don't think I am asking for a limitation on the discussion. The limitations seem to be inherent in the thesis.
The thesis does relate to design aesthetics; nevertheless, I still don't like the design of Tekke #2 or the Caucasian rug even though the criteria state that the design aesthethics are fine. Value, rarity, wool, etc - all the things Wendel mentions - has nothing to do with it. I AM refering todesign aesthetics, not my preferences based on anything else. In my opinion, the criteria list, and the hypothesis fails. I can't think of a scientific experiment to test the hypothesis other than the criteria list that was supplied. If someone can test this hypothesis that Wendel seems drawn to, I'm willing to participate, but my guess is to go back to the drawing boards or forget quantifying aesthetics. That's like quantifying religion. Good luck, Marvin
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