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Subject  :  Modes of rug appreciation
Author  :  Steve Price
Date  :  07-30-2000 on 03:30 p.m.
sprice@hsc.vcu.edu Dear Sam, You argue eloquently for approaching rugs as aesthetic objects, as works of art. And they certainly are that. But they are also objects with a number of other properties that make them interesting to collectors. To name a few: 1. Some are home furnishings with decorative utilitarian elements. Carpets, for example. 2. Some were utilitarian objects in another, often exotic culture, and allow the collector to vicariously participate in that culture (or, at least, to imagine that he does so). 3. They are seen by some collectors as investments. Different collectors see them in different ways. Although aesthetics is a common denominator for most of us, the emphasis put on the other aspects various from one person to another, and to some, rug appreciation is more of an intellectual than and emotional experience. My take on the subject is that there is no "right way" to appreciate rugs. I see no moral issue if my neighbor enjoys examining the structure of a rug's foundation, another gets great pleasure from trying to determine when and where some piece was made, and a third is overcome by the beauty of natural colors, and a fourth collects because he thinks he is building a woven retirement fund. Steve Price

Subject  :  RE:Modes of rug appreciation
Author  :  Marvin Amstey
Date  :  07-31-2000 on 01:49 p.m.
mamstey1@rochester.rr.com I would say "right on" as I did for Marla's comments except for the last type of collector: the one who collects "a woven retirement fund". That one is probably a fool. Best regards, Marvin

Subject  :  RE:Modes of rug appreciation
Author  :  Steve Price
Date  :  07-31-2000 on 02:29 p.m.
sprice@hsc.vcu.edu Dear Marvin, I didn't mean to imply that I thought the oriental rug "investor" is wise, just that he really isn't hurting anyone else by his actions, so there is no compelling reason to reform him or to give him an education unless he wants one. Steve Price

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