Since publishing this thread about rug-putz mike we have received several emails questioning our virtually total dismissal of his Anatolian carpet purchases, their value and importance.
We are not going to spend our time or that of our readers to defend that fact by listing and commenting on everything rug-putz mike has bought.
We have already commented on a number of them and feel anyone who has read what we have written and cannot agree is either too ignorant to know the difference or just someone who will not honestly look at the facts.
Case in point, and trust us there are numerous others we could reference, is this 'prayer rug' lot 121 from the Christopher Alexander part one auction.
Lot 121 Christopher Alexander collection auction; sold for a whoppingly excessive 75,000 pounds (93,750 pounds with 25%buyers premium or $123,260
Reading the catalog entry which dates this rug to the 17th century, calls it a "Konya", extols its virtues particularly Alexander's relating it to the justly famous masterpiece saf in the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, Istanbul, only a rug-putz and moron would believe this sale room palavar.
This rug is not 17th century, it's early 19th as far as we are concerned; it is not a Konya but rather a western Anatolian Bergama area weaving; and it surely has nothing to do with, nor is it at all relatable, to the saf in Istanbul.
Clearly rug-putz mike, who prevailed and bought it against several equally as gullible and ignorant bidders, was not alone in thinking it might be what the catalog absurdly claimed.
As P.T. Barnum quipped "There's a sucker born every minute".
However, reality versus a flattering auction catalog description proves this 'prayer rug' is not a valuable acquisition but rather one that is not only of questionable value and importance, it is undeniably so.
RK knows this rug for decades and, in fact, its former owner, michael franses, showed it to us when he first acquired it. We told him then exactly what we know now -- it's an ugly, ungainly, basically worthless workshop confection we would not pickup and take home were it laying there for the taking on the sidewalk.
But rug-putz mike vied to own it and shelled out $123,000 for the privilege. It will be laughable if he repeats the sotheby catalog's ridiculous dating, provenance and description. He probably will.
So is rug-putz mike a connoisseur and are his purchases wise and worthwhile? Or is he the rug-putz, dead-eyed, misguided fool RK has made him out to be?
If anyone needs more proof the latter and not the former is the correct answer we suggest rereading our coverage of the Alexander auction where rug-putz mike splashed out and purchased almost all the Alexander lots, as well as our publishing and commenting on the equally loser carpets he bought from jim burns and krikor markarian.
If you a re still not convinced we suggest you quit thinking you are a rug collector and start collecting stamps or some other collectible that has a name and date printed on it.
Historic Anatolian carpet collecting requires more than a cursory knowledge, familiarity with the literature and name game, or blind trust in any auction catalog or what some dealer will state about his wares.
Only a rug-putz like mike would believe his miniscule understanding of the idiom, his conceited belief his dead-eye is superior to a proven expert like RK, and his wallet stuffed full of his or someone else's dosh entitles and enables him to acquire the real thing.
So far it hasn't. It has only proven what a rug-putz he is, and how the rug game has once again proven it can and does separate a fool from his money.