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Antique Tabriz prayer rug, Azerbaijan, NW Iran

Tabriz prayer rug
Mid 19th century Verona, Tiziano Meglioranzi Collection

Around the mid-19th century, after the 18th-century crisis created by the Afghan invasion of 1722, a rebirth of the Iranian carpet occurred, with the establishment of new city works and a rediscovery of ancient Safavid decorations. New types also appeared, such as the prayer rug, marked by a very elaborate curvilinear mihrab that contained lifelike flowers and sometimes animals, as well as the sacred lamp. However, this was a foreign, imported genre, produced primarily to meet the demands of the Western market, and thus lacks special significance.