Today while surfing the web to try and learn more about Elena Tsareva's said 100 publications RK found the following quote on the San Francisco Bay Area Rug Society Jan 2012 newsletter, which is linked to their website:
"Dr. Elena Tsareva is a world-‐acknowledged specialist in the field of archaeological and ethnographic textiles and an expert on the topic of carpet weaving of the peoples of Northern Eurasia...Since 1984 she has been a contributing editor of HALI magazine, and author of more than one hundred publications. Her latest book, Turkmen Carpets. The Hoffmeister Collection, was named by the NY Times as one of the five best books on antiques published during 2011."
Did the NYTimes really name the book as one of the five best books on antiques published in 2011?
Frankly, we were skeptical such an accolade had been bestowed on the hoffmeister collection book, and even more so that we had not previously heard about it.
It did not takes us more than 120 seconds to find the following, which appears on the NY Times website:
"Holiday Gift Guide
Caravans Between Covers
The lengths that collectors will go to, the money and legwork they will sink into exotic antiques completely unrelated to their daily lives, can make for transporting reading. The years five best books in the genre show how owners have traveled, researched and bought obsessively, and pressed dealers for background information on every acquisition. The collections slowly fill homes and storage spaces, survive wars and natural disasters, and occasionally turn up on public view far from their homelands.
A selection of gift ideas from The New York Times...
TURKMEN CARPETS: MASTERPIECES OF STEPPE ART, FROM 16TH TO 19TH CENTURIES, THE HOFFMEISTER COLLECTION (Arnoldsche, $95). Peter Hoffmeister, a rug scholar and collector in Germany, has spent 40 years researching how Turkmen tribes designed, wove, used and repaired their tent hangings and floor coverings. Turkmen Carpets, by the Russian textiles historian Elena Tsareva, analyzes 168 weavings. Mr. Hoffmeister has subjected them to carbon dating, and individual knots of goat and camel hair have been counted.
Ms. Tsareva has determined which tribes favored different shades of red madder dye, ranging from salmon pink to purplish brown. The zigzagging rug patterns represent pomegranates, wheels, vines, birds, trees and serpents. The pile textures are subtly ridged because makers intentionally dropped stitches here and there. A single textile could take years to produce.
Ms. Tsareva writes that weavers would hunch over gossamer strands on outdoor looms only during the hottest summer period, primarily in mountain pastures where the dry air helped to prevent the warps sticking together.
So in fact the NY Times did not "really name the book as one of the five best books on antiques published in 2011.".
But rather recommended it in a "Holiday Gift Guide", which is in reality a huge horse of a different color.
The SF Bay Area rug society, like most of rugDUMB, is either too stupid to realize the difference or too accustomed to pumping pompous nonsense as fact.
And RK still has not been able to determine if Tsareva has actually published over 100 publications.