Albert Einstein is famous for a number of reasons but perhaps his best, and most easily understood, is this quote:
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
We mention this because a number of those in rugDUMB need to take it to heart, especially those who plan as well as those who attend selling exhibitions like the icoc Dealer's Fair, the just finished Sartirana event and the upcoming roach-motel Capri "arts" show in San Francisco.
It is patently obvious attendance by the rug buying public is/has, and will continue to, dramatically decrease; and the level of purchases by rug collectors, and those who are better described as interested parties, is and has followed suit.
One does not need to be an Einstein to see this because the proof is easily determined by any even casual observer.
In the last days RK has learned there is a "new" show already being hawked around -- the "Textile Art and Tribal Art Fair" scheduled for March 2012 in Milan Italy that is being organized by, as we have heard it, the man who did the first "Italian oriental rug website", whatever that was.
And no it is not the event RK has written about being planned by michael franses.
We have also heard the organizers of the roach-motel Capri event, mssers craycraft and frauenknecht, are now planning to bring their "arts" rug caravanserai across the Atlantic and set up in Amsterdam.
No doubt craycraft and frauenknecht have chosen Amsterdam so they can pop around the corner and have a coffee and narghile break whenever reality get too heavy.
Yesshhh, what is wrong with these folks? The business of selling collector, and decorator rugs as well, is sinking faster than the Titanic and just as predictably after it has become clear the iceberg of the world financial "crisis" isn't going away any time soon.
RK is still chuckling over the spiel michael franses continues to spew at anyone who will listen that his planned Milanese rug extravaganza will be the remedy for all rugDUMB's ills and the recipe to make everything well again.
Sorry, but there is only one real remedy, and no rug selling exhibition whether in a roach motel like the Capri or a palace in fashionable Milan will do the trick.
And what's that?
The public awareness of oriental rugs is at a low point but this can be turned around by scheduling and organizing interesting antique oriental rug exhibitions.
It's a simple equation -- the mainstream media covers museums and their exhibitions and no advertising can equal editorial coverage.
Also, we have had enough rug exhibitions of "classical carpets" and it is time to give equal coverage to the village and clan based weavings the majority of rug collectors collect. And, by the way, RK can vouch for the fact the public at large is very interested in these types of rugs from the continuing interest in the exhibitions on our Weaving Art Museum website.
This bring us to mention the Islamic wing of the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, which has been closed for renovations for the past 8 plus years, will reopen on Nov 1, 2011.
This will be a big deal for Islamic Art but it is totally disgraceful there will be no examples of village or clan based weavings in, what our former friend dr walter denny, referred to as the first rotation of objects. Nor according to what denny told us in the second or third rotations that are already a fait acomplii.
The long and short of this foolish decision by denny and others is the result of their ass-kissing obsequious pandering to the presumed wishes of several chief benefactors who put up the much of the cash used in the renovations.
You will all get the learn their names, though RK is positive the good juicy parts of the behind-the-scenes curatorial shuffles, and intrigues over just which objects will be in that "first rotation"(or the planning for the subsequent ones), will never be publicly known.
We find these, and a number of other choice goings-ons we have heard about on the hsh-hush, to be specious. And speaking of speciousness, what about the Met's renaming the former "Islamic Department" "Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia".
The Met's snobism and highly prejudiced court art centered approach to displaying Islamic art for the public is revolting. Their curatorial approach to completely ignore what happened outside the confines of the Safavid and Ottoman dynasties, as well as the former large-scale societies, like the Umayyad dynasty, is truly as barbarically bigoted as South African apartheid and the former "colored" laws in the American deep-south.
Naturally, this bigotry towards the small-scale Middle Eastern societies, particularly those involved in weaving, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY furthers has many roots; the inability of "curators" like denny and others to understand the simple fact much of the carpet and textile court art originated in these nameless cultural centers as well as their inability to do the difficult research to understand just how this process occurred.
We could go on revealing the revolting cold-shoulder the Met has given to Anatolian Village and Turkmen weavings but why bother as trying the stop the dazzle and continued bent of hyping Ottoman and Safavid weavings at their expense would be like stopping a TGV (French: Train Grande Vitesse, meaning high-speed train) by putting two pennies on its tracks.
The die is cast and appreciation for Anatolian Village rugs and Kelims, as well as Turkmen pile weavings, is but a dream and will, most probably, not happen in any of our lifetimes thanks to rug bigots like denny, thompson, franses and others we could name.
So remember, dear readers, rugDUMB does not need any more rug selling shows -- we need museum exhibitions but regrettably not like the reopening of the politically correct renamed former "Islamic Department".