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JC'S Corner
What appear here offers commentary, based both on factual research and extrapolated opinion, on all topics that encompass the rug world. This includes all aspects of investigation, both scholarly and other wise; those individuals involved in the business of buying and selling antique oriental rugs and, finally, all the other personalities that revolve in this universe. Unlike other commentators, my views are not colored by commercial interests or any other type of outside influence - there is no agenda save my own.
Thu, Feb 4th, 2021 08:32:33 PM
Hot Button Issues
Hello, RK has decided to inaugurate this new Topic Area.

We will from time to time post here what we feel are the most egregious happenings in RugDumb that demonstrate our firm belief something is wrong and dreadfully wrong in Rugdumb.

Anyone is invited to post here, or on any of the other Topic Areas.

However, RK once again warns those who believe they can use the anonymity only permits to slander or defame anyone or perpetrate demonstrably false agendas as truth that such activity will not be tolerated.

Tue, Oct 20th, 2020 09:31:30 AM
The Beat Goes On
Wed, Oct 7th, 2020 10:18:54 AM
michael franses
franses has been mentioned more than once here on and recently he has given us a bounty of mentionables.
We are in the process of sorting through this and will soon make this information public.
Thu, Jul 9th, 2020 04:29:11 PM
Certain recent happenings in rugDUMB suggest the need for RK to comment and set the record straight.
Thu, Sep 10th, 2020 11:02:35 AM
Tue, Nov 26th, 2019 09:40:16 PM
Best of has been online for more than 9 years; in fact May 2011 was our 9th anniversary. During this period we have written hundreds, if not more, posts about historic Oriental Rugs and the rug scene in general. We recently decided to inaugurate this new Topic Area to highlight the best of them and will, from time to time, add ones we feel deserve to be so described.
Tue, Oct 6th, 2020 02:12:20 PM
Comments about all types of Flatweaves (Kelim, Soumak, Jijim, Verneh, etc)Rugs go here
Sat, Sep 5th, 2020 11:54:55 AM
Rug, Kelim, Soumak, Textile Post Archive
This archive contains all RK's past comments on rugs, kelim, soumak and related textiles.
Mon, Jun 8th, 2020 11:40:20 AM
Archive of all other past discussion board posts
Fri, Apr 10th, 2020 05:09:24 AM
Auctions worldwide
Comments about all types of Auctions, past present and future, go here
Thu, Oct 15th, 2020 04:54:59 AM
dr jon thompson
jon thompson was originally a medical doctor of internal medicine, who collected early Turkmen rugs, at least that's who he was when we met in the early 1970's.

Now thompson believes no Turkmen rugs are early, or worth collecting, and he shuns them as a one would a filthy laundromat.

In the process of becoming a full-time carpet "scholar" and shedding his former Turkmen collector skin, thompson has alot of dirty laundry left to address and RK will be glad to help him come clean.

Sat, Feb 29th, 2020 09:14:10 AM
dennis dodds
dodds is a cheat, a liar and should be run out of rugdom on a rail. His sale of a late period genre reproduction pseudo-"Bellini" rug to LACMA being the most apparent, and outrageous, of his capers. There are others but they pale in comparison to dodds's bamboozling a naive, trusting Los Angeles County Art Museum curator with a bill of goods even more bogus than the "Bellini" itself. RK has exposed, for all to see, dodds as the carpet-bagger and liar he is; now Rugdom needs to voice its disgust as well.
Fri, Jul 3rd, 2020 10:11:45 AM
peter hoffmeister
peter hoffmeister is a cheat and a thief. RK has proven how he stole all the proceeds from the Tent Band: Tent Bag book project we foolishly allowed him to enter. We also showed how hoffscheister sold the remaining books to uta hulsey for 5DM each to gain a ridiculously improper and illegal "tax write-off" and prevent their sale to fulfill our contract. Worse, peter hoffscheister plagerized RK's ideas and research without proper credit, presenting our work numerous times as his own.
Thu, Feb 27th, 2020 09:47:40 AM
Book Reviews
RK reviews books on oriental carpets and related subjects
Thu, Dec 1st, 2016 05:47:54 AM
Anatolian/Turkish Rugs
Sat, Jun 8th, 2019 02:40:24 PM
Turkmen Rugs
Comments about all types of Turkmen Rugs go here
Tue, Sep 17th, 2019 12:34:09 AM
RK's Christmas Cards
Sat, Dec 21st, 2019 10:46:45 AM
Stupidity in RugDumb
In this Topic Area RK will now highlight and critique examples of what we call Stupidity in RugDumb and believe us there are plenty of examples and persons to cite. And although RK has decided to confine ourselves to the most egregious and ridiculous sightings you can still expect to see some genuinely ludicrous citations as RugDumb's slide down the slippery slopes of stupidity, greed and idiocy accelerates daily.
Thu, Dec 5th, 2019 10:28:37 AM
LACMA's Questionable Rug Purchase
Sun, Feb 28th, 2021 06:59:56 AM
Belouch Rugs
Wed, Feb 27th, 2013 02:31:42 AM
Caucasian Rugs
Comments about all types of Caucasian Rugs go here
Sun, Aug 3rd, 2014 01:39:08 PM
The icoc (international conference on oriental carpets) is basically a deadman walking, RK seriously doubts there will ever be another "conference"

This september, 2014, the "tour" to Vienna and Budapest, organized by that rag hali for the icoc organization, surely ain't really an icoc event. But the weak minds of many in rugDUMB are calling it an "icoc". Nothing could be farther from the truth.

RK has heard the planning committee met in Vienna to discuss the 'proposed' Doha icoc which is to take place in 2016.

We seriously doubt it will come off and most probably end up as just another "tour".

Each year the dwindling interest in oriental rugs, and therefore in organizations like rug societies or the icoc, is ever more steeply declining and RK can only see the greedy and self-serving actions of those on the various icoc committees, with their in-group benefits at the expense of those who pay to attend, as one of the many varied reasons for this decline.

Mon, May 20th, 2019 05:26:39 AM
The Kaitag Myth Destroyed
Kaitag embroideries have been heralded as dating from the 16th century and being great art comparable to modern master painters like Paul Klee and Henri Matisse. RK has never believed such hype and in this section we present evidence debunking the 16th/17th and 18th century dating proponents have proposed.
Mon, Jun 15th, 2015 01:35:09 PM
Fakes on the Market
We have decided to begin to post pictures of the most egregious examples of fake, reproduction rugs offered by sellers, both online and off, as genuine, antique rugs.
Fri, Nov 21st, 2014 06:40:03 AM
Comments about all types of Textiles go here
Mon, May 20th, 2019 04:07:14 AM
War, Politics and the Election 2008
America is on the brink of change. Do we all want to see our Republic submerged in a New World Order? It is time for all Americans to educate themselves and in that regard we will post information here and hope others do as well. Remember: Those who refuse to fight for liberty will surely not have any.
Mon, Jul 8th, 2019 06:20:44 AM
Truth Hurts Department
The Rug World condones and even encourages drivel and misleading hype to masquerade as fact.'s opposition to this situation should be no surprise to anyone and now in this Topic Area and its readers can cite some of the more egregious past as well as present examples. Why? Because, and we are sure many others, feel it's time this ceased and by publicizing them and the perpetrators responsible perhaps things will change.
Sat, Jun 11th, 2011 12:09:27 PM
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Tue, Sep 3rd, 2019 07:49:24 AM
Today's Chuckle
Whenever searching the net for oriental rug sites one can not help but notice the proliferation of them. Every day it seems a new one appears. Some have no aires and are straight-up commercial ventures but others not. It is these site which often have information of dubious nature or cloak their purely commercial purposes under the guise of education or other lofty virtues. Every once and a while some tidbit that appears on this type of site, while not intending to sound funny or be joke material, can't help but make anyone who is familiar with carpets laugh. We have started this topic area to corral some of those instances.
Thu, Jun 6th, 2019 06:24:11 AM
Internet sites
Comments about Internet sites, discussion boards, etc. go here
Thu, Aug 5th, 2010 03:29:16 PM

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