Re: 'Old and established firms'

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Posted by Yon Bard on June 09, 1999 at 07:48:11:

In Reply to: Buying For The Collection For Those With Limited Means posted by Samuel Gorden on June 07, 1999 at 22:44:43:

: I covered this subject in detail in my webpage "RugLore" under the titles of "Advice To New Collectors" and "Buying". The last might be most appropriate to the present discussion. All incipiant collectors must acknowledge that LUCK plays a decisive role. You must be in the right place at the right time! My webpage address is as follows :
: Sam

Sam, in your article you repeat the often given advice that you should buy from 'old and established firms.' To a collector of Turkomans, at least, that presents a problem: There are very few such firms that have a decent selection of old Turkomans. One is perforce left to buy at auction or from 'private' dealers. There is another problem with 'old and established dealers:' Sometimes their knowledge is outdated (to be charitable) or simply wrong (to be blunt). I don't want to name names, but I could cite the most egregious misinformation disseminated by 'old and established dealers.' Of course there are also knowledgable dealers, but how's a novice to tell?

Regards, Yon

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