Posted by Wendel Swan on June 16, 1999 at 18:58:50:
In Reply to: Re: Little things come in small packages posted by Marvin Amstey on June 16, 1999 at 17:16:41:
: I believed the same thing - until now. If the piece was larger than a "bride's rug", what would I do with it?
It's curious that I have come to almost the opposite conclusion in the last few years.
Earlier, I tended to prefer pieces if roughly 4x6 size, believing that they were large enough to contain a fully developed design while still being small enough to display. My last large collectible acquisition was about 4 years ago when I bought a 7x11 gabbeh - the largest I have ever seen, but with glorious wool and color. Even at the time I knew it would be largely relegated to "the stack" but I got it anyway.
Then I deciced that I just owned too many rugs that I didn't see or use. Someone from out of town would come by and we'd get out and play with these larger woolen toys, but I couldn't enjoy them on a regular basis.
I began rotating some of the smaller pieces that I have always admired, installed halogen lighting, bought a few more and now I think I enjoy what I have more than ever.
We all only temporarily possess these things. Our pleasure should be derived from seeing them on a regular basis with others who share our interests.
Twenty years ago I spoke with a friend about selling all but a dozen. Unfortunately, I lack the discipline to do that, although I probably now only have half the number of rugs that I did then. And I appreciate them twice as much.
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