|Author||:||Vincent Keers mailto:%firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Date||:||12-12-2001 on 06:35 a.m.|
|Dear Mr. Bischof,
Reading the postings, it's clear where this will lead to: Don't buy oriental rugs because you never know what will happen to your children when they play on the rug. That's my main problem with a negative story.
It may be true there are people in this busyness that do not walk a straight line, but: Drinking alcohol isn't the most healthy thing one can do in ones life. Children get killed by people that had a nip from a Rottenshield 1981, before getting in their cars. (Why did German Gouvernment step in? Because of money, employment, because some alcoholics got killed? That's a pitty) That's criminal! And I will feast the rest of my life if G.M. or Benz will implement a breath detection instrument that, the moment people get in their cars, cuts of power if alcohol is detected. This will never happen because too much money is involved etc.
A negative story will never bring the solution you're looking for.
Kicking the trade as a whole will not do the trick. (And I do not think
I've been misreading your salon. I've even read it in between the
|Author||:||Steve Price mailto:%email@example.com|
|Date||:||12-12-2001 on 08:36 a.m.|
I don't see anything in Michael's essay that says or suggests that everyone in rug commerce is dishonest, only that some are. You and I obviously agree that there are some dishonest people in the rug business. Those are the ones from whom consumers need protection.
I am less optimistic than Michael is about how much protection can be offered without devoting more resources to the problem than its importance warrants, but I think his point clearly does not include a blanket indictment of knowledgable, honest dealers.
Some arguments have been advanced in other threads to the effect that
if there are laws regulating rug labeling, people will break those laws.
The fact is, every law gets broken from time to time, that's why we have
law enforcement and courts. The real questions here, I believe, are:
If rug labeling of the type Michael proposes is to be effective - and I'm not confident that it can be - the laws requiring it will have to be created with great care. But I don't think the fact that there will be violations is, all by itself, an argument against having laws requiring it.
|Author||:||Patrick Weiler mailto:%firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Date||:||12-12-2001 on 09:43 a.m.|
Mr. Bischof is suggesting a beneficial process for concerned consumers
to have an informed choice in their rug buying. I believe there were
problems with some wall-to-wall carpeting off-gassing and causing health
problems in schools. I had not heard that this happens with handmade wool
carpets, because I thought it was due to either the synthetic fibres or
the anti-stain treatments, neither of which is true about wool hand-made
rugs as far as I know. It is true that one should not allow small children
around a freshly washed wall-to-wall rug due to microorganisms that become
airborne. Again, I do not know if this is true with hand-made wool