Good, but not good enough fake Anatolian kelim; a new made to deceive reproduction; advertised by that rag hali as part of the upcoming Anatolian Kilims in Baden-Wrttemberg exhibition; koll and steinbock collection
That the scribblers and puny pundits who toil to produce that rag hali do not know a fake, reproduction allegedly early Anatolian kelim from a genuine one is a given. The level of connoisseurship this magazine displays is far less than the hype it is living on.
Clearly the same unsatisfactory level of knowledge and taste also affects the organizers of this exhibition harry koll and sabine steinbock. These two semi-literate kelimologists have done at least two other similar exhibitions in small local museums and published several books.
One of those books actually plagiarized the title of our decade early publication Cult Kelim and when RK questioned them about it koll stupidly repied Well our title is in German language. What a lame excuse, plagiarism knows no language barriers.
This showed RK these two obviously dumbass fools were not worth a moment consideration. And we have given them none since, their books full of mediocre, average kelim not worth even a first glance, forget any subsequent.
But leading off their publicity drive for this new exhibition titled The Beauty of Simple Things which will commence in September with an clearly fake, ugly and worthless reproduction bodes poorly for their self-proclaimed kelim expertise.
We are not surprised.
Nor were we when we announced during our brief fb sojourn this kelim was a fake and mr tuna fish, aka ali reza tuna, who like his friends kool and steinbock advertises himself as a kelim connoissuer and pundit, complained.
When questioned by him and other equally as confused and ignorant fb kelimji to prove our claim we cited several obvious reasons and referenced another similar fake kelim published in the Gilgonen Collection catalog.
Gilgonen Collection reproduction Anatolian kelim
The similarities of such unusually contemporary design and limited coloration these two kelim exhibit pretty much provide enough convincing proof they were made by the same forgers.
The strange wear patterns they both have even more so.
Their unusual to say the least lack of ancillary motifs, their so open and plain 'look', at the minimum major flags something is not right.
RK has pics of another one of this group of fakes. Another reproduction Anatolian kelim of similar style and look sent to us for sale by a dealer who whether or not knows it is a fake -- and who we suspect well does -might well be the source for all three.
Sorry we cannot publish those pictures as we gave our word not to show them to anyone, and even though the man we gave this promise to is far more than likely party to this con-game we do not take it upon ourself to violate our word because he is a con-man.
There are other tell-tale mistakes this gorup of fakes exhibits but we will keep our thoughts to ourself. We feel the points above are strong enough to support our position.
RK did offer mr tuna fish a wager we could prove koll and steinbocks kelim is a fake but he refused the opportunity to lose his 1,000 euro.
By the way after reading an indictment of the unidentified purveyor of this kelim to koll and steinbock written by ross winter, a minor pundit who has been around for a long time but yet to do anything other than issue hot-air prononcements, RK replied how incorrect and absurd that position was.
Since koll and steinbock present themselves, and have been presented by others, as experts of Anatolian kelim they have no leg to stand on when they buy a fake. After all they are not retail clients who rely on the honesty of a seller.
They are supposed experts slumming around everywhere looking for good buys.
We believe now the only good byes they will be involved in is getting out of the kelim business and posing as experts.
And not soon enough, we have an over-abundance of big talking no walkers like koll and steinbock. Just look into any fb group.