Re: Different Rugs for Different Folks

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Posted by Michael Wendorf on March 24, 1999 at 10:33:02:

In Reply to: Re: Different Rugs for Different Folks posted by Steve Price on March 23, 1999 at 21:02:17:

: Dear Marvin,

: Of course, there's common ground. The number one choice of the dealers and "miscellaneous" respondents, also the number 2 choice for Belouch collectors and "rug collectors", was a wonderful Dokhtor-i-qazi prayer rug. And of the 76 textiles in the exhibition, 66 were not among the top 5 choices of any group of respondents. So there wass pretty good general agreement about what ws good and what wasn't.

: On the other hand, a balisht (pillow) was the top choice of Belouch collectors, ranked fourth for "miscellaneous respondents", but was not even among the top five for dealers or "rug collectors".

: Regards,

: Steve Price

Dear Steve:
And what does this last fact tell you about Belouch collectors or collectors of any group?
Do they see something other knowledgeable people do not or is there a herd mentality toward a certain type and look based on taste dictated by whom. Compare the current blue ground phenomena among Belouch collectors, some lovely rugs but really, it seems to be the only thing anyone is looking for-and they are very persianate in design. I find it odd that so many collectors would gravitate toward the same thing. Sort of like the current popularity of Jaf Kurd bag faces. Only 5-6 years ago few people wanted them, now everyone does. Both types are collectable and worth collecting and both types are available in sufficient quantity such that they can be marketed and promoted at several price levels. Coincidence? I doubt it.
Regards, Michael

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