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    Tabriz - PETAG, Persia; 2nd half 19th c.;
    Carpet with overall floral pattern. Towards the end of the 19th c. a number of carpet merchants founded the Persische Teppich Aktion Gesellschaft - Berlin (PETAG) with the aim of reviving the production and improving the quality of Persian carpets which were very much in demand in Europe. In the 19th c. carpet production in the Near and Middle East stagnated. Artificial colours began to be used (invented in the mid-century), there was a significant decline in quality, and carpet-making became a shadow of what it had once been. PETAG founded its workshops in Tabriz, centre of a centuries long tradition of high quality carpet making.

    The carpet is technically a good Tabriz short-pile product and a combination of traditional Persian and Caucasian motifs. It was a type of carpet produced to meet the taste of European customers. European capital invested in Tabriz productions dictated not only quality but also aesthetic expression.