Posted by Steve Price on June 14, 1999 at 04:51:20:
In Reply to: Re: What are contemporary collectibles? posted by Yon Bard on June 13, 1999 at 18:58:15:
"...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."
1. There are huge numbers of these things on the market, not an auspicious situation for future collectibility.
2. They are (mostly) of very poor quality in almost every significant respect.
3. Most of them are not "spontaneous folklore" at all.
4. Aesthetically, they are usually hideous. Who decorates their walls with pictures of guns, tanks and helicopters? Don't tell me about Picasso's "Guernica". It's a museum item, but I'll bet the people who actually find it attractive enough to hang it on a wall at home is very limited (ignoring the status element of a genuine Picasso).
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