The Value of Incorrect Attribution

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Posted by John Downie on May 13, 1999 at 16:52:54:

Personally, I buy rug books for the pictures. I sometimes read the text, but it is usually poorly written or boring. So, what I gain from books is the ability to look at alot of different rugs, find a type that I like, and seek them out in the marketplace. If everyone uses, for example, the term weft-float brocading (a term that Marla dislikes) to describe a certain type of weaving, then a different, but more "correct" attribution is not helpful, no one will know what I am talking about.

This is why, I believe, a relatively slow move to a more correct system of attribution is probably best.

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