Re: I Love a Bargain

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Posted by Pat Weiler on March 24, 1999 at 23:02:16:

In Reply to: I Love a Bargain posted by John Downie on March 24, 1999 at 09:03:37:

: On several occasions, I have bought, (maybe not 'collected'), a rug because I knew that it was a good deal. I have done this with other things, particularly clothes that I nver wear, but my collection includes more 'bargains' than it should.

: Does anyone else suffer from the impulse to get a deal?

I read that people who collect paintings brag about how MUCH they spent on a painting, but that rug collectors brag about how LITTLE they spent on a rug.
I keep an eye out for "good" rugs that cost less than "good" rug books, or a 2-year subscription to Hali.
Most of the weavings I own fit into this category. A couple are of the "study" quality (more holes than rug), but I am surprised now and then and find a quality piece at reasonable price.
My preference has been to buy bags or bagfaces, since they often can be found for a "budget" price, yet possess all the impact of a full rug in a size that doesn't fill up a whole room.
This, of course, means mostly tribal pieces.
The anthropological aspects are an interesting sidelight and, one might suspect, merely a justification for spending as much time and money as I (we) do.

Pat Weiler

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