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Subject  :  Answers to questions
Author  :  Yon Bard mailto:%20doryon@rcn.com
Date  :  11-12-2001 on 07:26 a.m.
Here are my brief answers to the seven questions:

1. For the purposes of the exhibition I would define as 'rare' something that has major design aspects that are different from all (or most) of its peers. Not just a different twist on the borders or a gul with a different interior. "This is the only known Salor three-gul-chuval with no silk in the pile' doesn't qualify.
2. As far as beauty is concerned, it IS in the eyes of the beholder. If you have a committee, I would give each member a free rein to choose some pieces purely on his or her taste. For the rest, I'd look for a consensus among all or most of the committee members.
3. I would prefer a wide coverage of different areas over a choice by purely esthetic criteria.
4. This is the American conference on ORIENTAL RUGS. Nothing else please - not because I don't like to see other textiles, it's just that would make it too open-ended.
5. Synthetic dyes? you'd open a can of worms trying to prove that there is not a single knot with synthetic dyes. Besides, if you think a rug is beautiful, you shouldn't care. If you cannot think of a rug with synthetic dyes as beautiful, then you wouldn't have chosen it in the first place.
6. I'd skip new rugs for now, but perhaps it wood be nice to have a separate exhibition dedicated to new rugs at some venue soon. But if a committee member exercises his or her right to pick a new rug (see question 2), then who can argue?
7. Fragments and tattered shreds should be included if they are visually pleasing or historically significant.

Regards, Yon

Subject  :  Re:Answers to questions
Author  :  Marvin Amstey mailto:%20mamstey1@rochester.rr.com
Date  :  11-12-2001 on 01:30 p.m.
All sounds logical to me.

Subject  :  Re:Answers to questions
Author  :  John Mrozek mailto:%20mrozeks@zbzoom.net
Date  :  11-12-2001 on 05:30 p.m.
Yon, let me say first that although we do not know each other, I believe that your answers are very insightful. I particularly agree with your statement that "each member have a free rein to chose some pieces on his or her taste".
If one considers that many committees, in an attempt to create synergy and consensus, often end up weakening a vigourous program by agreeing on parameters that make them "feel" good, but wind up not presenting any new information. As a result, the study of Oriental Rugs is not enhanced and new interest cultivated. Future studies end up only supporting current popular beliefs that might be disproven by "new" opinions and studies.Yes we collectors might enjoy the parameters of auction prices, natural dyes,etc., but we might be hindering the future study and interest in 50-100 years. How many beautiful rugs may be lost to future generations because we were married to a past that is becoming increaseingly smaller and smaller.In short most 150 year old rugs in another 100 years will not exist. The museums will have them all!
Thanks for the opportunity to verbalize my thoughts!

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