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Golran (the company was formed in 1898), is based in Italy and specializes in premium quality antique and contemporary oriental carpets.  What caught my eye was their range of  Decolorised carpet:  Vintage carpets that are knotted by hand, and are then subjected to a decoloration process followed by re-dyeing with monochromatic vegetal dyes.  I wonder how easy this would be to do at home?

I’ve just spent $20 (I love the internet) and bought this sticker, which is about to go on the side of our toilet.    Now I am either doing this because I am a pretentious twat, or because it will make me smile every time I see it….

Actually now I’ve written that, I realise those things aren’t mutually exclusive :-)

Anyway, below is an image of the original (??).  Fountain is a 1917 work produced by Marcel Duchamp (yes – nearly 100 years ago). The piece was a porcelain urinal which was signed “R.Mutt” and titled Fountain. It was voted the most influential artwork of the 20th century (Wikipedia). Wow – big call.  Did you know that.  I didn’t.  Why is it important? I don’t feel informed enough to contribute to this discussion, but for me it challenges us to think about what is art? Is this art?  I’ve given you a hint if you’re unsure.