Posted by Alan Nagel on March 03, 1999 at 08:39:58:
In Reply to: Commercial Motives posted by Dear Steve and other friends, on March 03, 1999 at 07:20:12:
For clarification's sake, Nagel is a rug-bug of some half-dozen years now, owner of fewer than a dozen and very uninterested in selling, or even competing in the higher ranges of collectors (humanists don't get paid enough).
I'm not a purist about commercial motives, in fact am convinced that science too has some drives of that sort (gotta get more $$$ for neurological experiments, can't let those NASA people eat it all up for space research).
And thus to put my previous post into an example, have efforts like Black Mt/Woven Legends, Zollanvari, Tolga Tollu, and Bohmer's DOBAG had a 'paradigm shift' on the rug community at large? They have certainly had an impact on the marketing (and here Erol's skepticism is on center: "vegetal dyes" doesn't necessarily mean much in the descriptions of rugs for sale these days).
But have they really made us think differently about rugs either as a general community or as a specific research community? I've no idea.
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