Posted by Jerry Silverman on June 06, 1999 at 16:15:36:
In Reply to: What rugs are inexpensive but good? posted by Steve Price on June 06, 1999 at 14:07:59:
: Dear John,
: Your title is, more or less, what advice do we give to someone of limited means who wants to be a rug collector? One obvious answer is to advise him to collect something else. Even inexpensive rugs are not terribly cheap, so I guess it depends on how limited the means actually are.
: There is a group of rugs that are relatively inexpensive but still very collectible, and that's the NW Persian/Caucasian cargo bag panels. These are often only a fraction of the price of salt bag or khorjin faces of comparable quality, something I've never understood.
Me either, Steve. I've got a trunk with about 50 of them that I bought fifteen years ago for $25 and $50 a piece (depending on whether they were short or long sides). Practically every one of them has a similar example in Azadi & Andrews "Mafrash." So far the book has appreciated more than the pieces. But they're still nice things that would form a very attractive collection.
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