Posted by Yon Bard on June 13, 1999 at 18:58:15:
In Reply to: What are contemporary collectibles? posted by Stephen Louw on June 12, 1999 at 11:47:55:
: Hi all. One thing I have always wanted to do was to buy my rugs in rug producing collectors. A romantic thought, I admit: a rug bought in SA, the US or UK is no different to one bought in the home or town of its (the rugs) maker. However, as a SALON contributor remarked elsewhere, the best rugs come with memories that make one smile. Clearly there is very little chance of sourcing antique material in Central Asia today. But are there other collectibles that can be found. Perhaps even which are being woven or spun today?
I agree with whoever mentioned the Afghan war-rugs as the best candidates for 'collectibility' among recently produced rugs. My reason is that these are the most spontaneous folkloric creations in response to the world these people live in. Artificially revived 'traditions' don't cut it for me, no matter how beautiful the results. Perhaps they'd make wonderful floor coverings, but collectibles - no! (of course, I always turn out to be wrong about these things).
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