Rapistan Review

11/24/14
Quiet !
One piece of unfortunate news to report .
Bill Caskey one of the founders of the Caskey/ Lees show promoting partnership passed away on Nov. 20 .
A good friend , he will be missed by all of the collecting universe, RIP.
11/25/14
14 days till NYC !
11/26/14
The day before Thanksgiving and rug business and the market are silent.
There is however one piece of extraordinary textile news to report.2014-11-26 12.42.49
Christie's , Hong Kong held an auction today featuring only one item.
The item was a highly important Tibetan Imperial Embroidered Silk Thangka , circa 1402 – 1424 . This very rare thangka was 84″x 132″ .
The pre- sale estimate was by request but in the neighborhood of about H K $ 80 million ( U S $10,350,000.00 ).
It ended up fetching H K $ 348,000,000.00 , which works out to U.S. $ 45,000.000.00.
Certainly a well deserved world record price for such spectacular textile .
The buyer was a well known Chinese collector.
So how's that for holiday auction action !
11/27/14
2014-11-28 15.06.27

Thanksgiving Day !
Here's to all you turkey's out there.
11/28/14
How's your various hangovers ?
11/29/14
Rippon – Boswell went off today .
Nothing in the way of reports yet.
11/30/14
One minor piece of fresh rug news to mention on the tail end of this holiday weekend.
The next Netherhampton sale scheduled on Dec.10 in Salisbury , U.K. is live on the line now. This edition features 481 total lots of all types of rugs carpets and textiles . As usual there is nothing in the way of a standout item from any of the represented weaving areas . Just their standard selection of mediocre shop stock . That said I notice a couple of items that seemed at least mildly interesting which are featured below.
2014-11-30 10.51.422014-11-30 10.49.28 Lot # 484 Kazak rug , pre- sale est. € 3-4,000.00 . Not exceptional in anyway but one of the better items in this offering.
Lot # 502 Shah Sevan double bags , pre- sale est. € 4-500.00 . Again nothing special however a “possible” high light of the group.

12/1/14
Servers being hacked created problems and deleted 2 previous posts which also delayed this current post till today .
Not much to report but there is one fresh piece of rug news to review.
“Rugtracker” has a new post titled , “Doors of Jannah – Turkey and the Mediterranean” .
The subject is Saph carpets and it very interesting so check it out when you have time , you will certainly enjoy it !
As usual great work by J.T.

The fact that you don't “know” means everything ? Sheik Frederich,2014.

Song o the week , Avenged Sevenfold , Shepard of Fire on Hail to the King , 2013.

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