Would you please return my black
I once contemplated buying a bag face which, upon
close inspection had been Magic-Marker "repaired" in several worn areas,
with iridescent green. I did not buy it, but probably because it was
pre-internet and I could actually see the tragic damage perpetrated upon
As for the bird baluch, your lament about the seller not wanting to
take more pictures reminds me of a Kurdish salt bag I bought on e-bay. I
asked for a photo of the back, but "it is in a glass-covered frame and I
don't want to take it out".
Needless to say, a single picture of the
back would have shown that the piece was actually radioactive.
have radiation burns from handling it.
On occasion I am tempted to bid
on a bird baluch, but Steve Price owns one of the nicest I have ever seen
and none that appear on auction sites has ever approached that pinnacle of
perfection. My plan is to wait for the next economic depression, when
formerly wealthy, evicted rug collectors are sleeping on the tattered
remains of their 18th century silk Heriz rugs and I can get one for a
Your bird baluch is lovely at a distance and probably fulfills
Joel's criteria for a piece which non-collectors would admire but die-hard
collectors would disdain.
Joel, your Chahar Mahal reminds me a bit of
the Bakhtiari I showed in the Salon. From the photos it appears innocuous
enough, but that first peek into the black plastic bag elicits a groan of
In an effort to placate you, here is a piece which not
only collectors would ignore, but the general public as well. It is a
"Shiraz", likely of Arab origin. It is probably mid 20th century, with
what appears to be about a century of wear.
It is missing several rows of knots
at both ends, the awful orange is everywhere, the condition is horrible
and the design is pedestrian at best.
It does, however, contain a few ugly
ducklings swimming about and it suffices as a bedside mat to keep the toes
from getting too cold on a frigid winter morning.
When I become elderly
and blind, I will not know that I am walking on a wretched wreck of a
miserable mess of rug weaving.