In 2008 RK met michael black several times and spoke with him on the phone some others.
At this point he was a collector of Baluch rugs exclusively. We put quotes around the word collector because in his case he was far more an accumulator and investor than anything the word collector might otherwise conjure up.
We were amazed how little black knew back then about the Baluch rugs he amassed, and were not surprised to learn he had an advisor, shiv sikri, who basically sold him everything and told him what to buy and what not to buy. To say blacks Baluch rug buying was totally controlled by sikri would be to underestimate the situation.
Over the ensuing years since black has sent us photos of some of his Baluch rugs. Claiming to have 300 or more of them he extolled how great they all were. Like he would know the difference.
He does have or had --he supposedly has sold a number of them as per his emails to us -- some excellent ones but from what we have heard having never seen his entire collection he has about 30 really excellent ones and a vast bunch of lesser ones to complete losers. This figures as sikris abilities and honesty as a dealer were always questionable and we are not surprised he charged black huge prices and often sold him inferior junk. Again black did not, and still does not, know the difference.
During our on speaks time with him we told black Baluch rugs were fluffy cutesy derivative weavings and he should be collecting early Anatolian Village rugs, Anatolian kelim, and Turkmen weaving. He said they were too complicated and demanded too much study. He said he did not like them. We have emails he sent us saying just that.
Regardless, we did not give up trying to get him to see the light and the reality Baluch rugs were bush and early Turkmen and Anatolian rugs were the top of the pops in rug collecting.
He resisted and we pretty much gave up on talking with him seeing it as a waste of our time.
Then one day out of the blue about 18 months ago we got an email from him stating he was going to start to collect Anatolian rugs and he wanted us to help him and be his consultant because we knew more than anyone else. Again we have email that says exactly this.
He also said he now wanted to now seriously buy our Anatolian kelim collection and the few early Anatolian rugs we have collected after having in the past made half-assed effort to buy them.
To make a long story short we foolishly entertained his supposed serious interest until it quickly became clear he expected to buy at cheap ridiculous low prices we would never agree to if he doubled or tripled them.
We also found out being his advisor and consultant was a job that paid nothing other than table scraps he might throw in our direction.
OK, fat chance that was going to happen and we parted ways.
Since then disappointed and rejected michael black has defamed, slandered, made up outrageously ridiculous stories about us and published them on the internet on faRcebook.
Today the following picture of a very famous rug we have owned since 1980 was put online by black as you can read below.
Its almost comical the replies it elicited from a group of midget-brain faRcebook pud-pulling rug pundits, as you can read below.
Our yellow rug is NOT on the market as blacks lying BS states, and that picture was sent to him at his request so he could study it.
We did offer this rug to him but his paltry offer was totally unacceptable. But this has not stopped him from trying to get us to sell it to him since.
This latest ploy of posting it to faRcebook, as lame and stupid as it is, demonstrates what a lost little bo-peep michael black is, regardless of his big talk what a great art and important private art dealer he supposedly is.
Posting a photo sent to him in confidence on faRcebook is dispicable. Lying about it worse.
But thats michael the rug-putz black who believes not only does his shit not stink but he can eat it and not have bad breath.
RK has about had it with him and sincerely suggest he wakes up from his delusional slumber.
The fact he has bought a bunch of mediocre over-dated and over-rated pseudo Anatolian Village rugs that are nothing but ersatz workshop confections and lords around like he is the greatest thing to happen to oriental rugs since moth balls is a joke.
Sorry mr. michael, aka rug-putz, black but you are just another sucker, a moke with an open wallet, who has bought into the dream you are buying masterpiece weavings when in fact you are buying late genre copies and imitations.
Youre a loser, putz, and your vendetta against RK because we will not play ball with you on your greedy and dumbass terms shows what a jealous, conceited, pompous asshat you truly are.