Below is a fake, reproduction soumak khorjin RK will be delighted to bet the farm on.
bruce aka big mouth baganz 'collection' published deYoung Museum website
There are lots of these fakes and only reasons we are publishing it is because it is on the deYoung Museum website, proven pseudo-expert john wertime used it for his lecture's advertising there, and (heralded by rug morons) self-professed uber soumak bag collector bruce baganz, the chairman of the textile museum board of directors, owns it.
Mr baganz doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground when it comes to soumak bags or any other type of oriental rug, and weretime is not so far behind.
Recently a reader sent us a link to this page (http://deyoung.famsf.org/calendar/eighth-annual-caroline-and-h-mccoy-jones-memorial-lecture-womens-vision-woven-gems-islamic) questioning if we knew of any soumak bag like it.
We replied and said yes we did, but this one is an obvious fake, a reproduction.
It was published in conjunction with a 'lecture' john, aka weretime, wertime was giving at the deYoung about soumak bags earlier this year.
RK is absolutely not suprised alleged expert weretime was fooled and tricked into thinking this was a genuine 19th century khorjin.
We know a number of other equally as stupid mistakes weretime has made with soumak bags and believe his reputation, like that of a number of others in rugDUMB, is more inflated than the Hindenburg.
This khorjin is a copy of one formerly in the William T Price collection, with whereabouts presently unknown to us.
It was sold to Price by berj andonian in the late 1970's, and was one of a pair. Andonian kept the other and would never sell it, though we asked many times. It too is now whereabouts unknown.
Unfortunately we cannot find the jeg we have of it at the moment, but if we do we will post it here.
However, there is no other evidence needed to know baganz's is a fake and we will be glad to bet anyone we are correct.
So big mouth bruce put your money up and learn something about soumak bags and that weretime is as lost in the sauce as you when it comes to identifying a fake khorjin from the real thing.