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Antique Petag Tabriz carpet with the 16th century Safavid Vase design

Code: TBPT02

Age: ~1920

: 294x379cm

Size (ft): 12ft.4in. x 9ft.6in.

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Description: This rug with the Safavid vase design was woven in the workshops of PETAG.

The German firm Persische Teppich-Gesellschaft (PETAG) was founded in Berlin in 1911 by Heinrich Jacoby (1889-1964). At his initiative, a large workshop was opened in Tabriz to weave carpets that maintained traditional quality against the perceived decline resulting from the mass commercialisation of weaving as a result of Western demand. Using lustrous wool and vegetable dyes the company revived the art of weaving using old and elegant designs from the 16th and 17th century.

The different qualities derived their names from the density of knots : Pertovi, Hamajun, Teimuri, Rustem
and Cyrus. The workshop shut down in the forties.

Heinrich Jacoby remains an authority in the world of the Oriental carpet. In 1923 he published “Eine Sammlung orientalischer Teppiche”and in 1949 “ABC des echter Teppichs”. He also contributed to Arthur U. Pope’s massive work “A Survey of Persian Art” by supplying the section “Materials used in the making of carpets”.

From the notes of an American missionary working in Tabriz area in 1913: "This year brought a good thing to the poor people in Tabriz. A German firm opened up a carpet workshop, creating employment for a lot of people from town and the neighbouring villages. We are getting used to the sound of the steam whistle, calling the workforce in the morning and liberating them at noon and at night. And better still, we hear this sound six days a week, remaining silent the seventh, this way allowing employer and employees to observe the Christian day of rest."

The Petag-rugs can easily be recognized by the chintamani-sign that is knotted in each piece.

Condition: The colour palette is wide and well saturated. The cintamani signature is woven in a pale light blue in the inner guard stripe to one corner. The selvages are original. Both ends have retained some of the original killim with its bi coloured securing line but where it is lacking it has been stabilised. Overall this carpet is in excellent condition.

Provenance: formerly in the Estate of Heinrich Jacoby




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