19 – 26 JUNE 2022



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The German company Petag, short for Persische Teppich-Gesellschaft Actiengesellschaft, was founded in Berlin in 1911. Under the inspired leadership of Heinrich Jacoby a large workshop was opened up in Tabriz (North-West Iran). The different qualities derived their name from the density in the knots : Pertovi, Hamajun, Teimuri, Rustem and Cyrus. The workshop in Iran was closed down in the forties. Jacoby’s aim was to fight the decline in quality resulting from high commercialisation in production caused by Western demand. The result was excellent due to the use of strong and shiny wool and skilfully made vegetal dyes the company succeeded in reviving old and opulent designs from the 16th and 17th century. The pattern of this carpet was originally the designe of twin carpets made between 1520-1530 CE in Safavid Persia. One of them was part of the Bode collection. During  WWII it was stored in the basements of the Alte Münze (Berlin), but was destroyed during bombardments in March 1945. The other piece received the name “coronation carpet” when it was part of the decoration in Westminster in 1902 during the coronation ceremony of King Edward VII. It is now in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art...
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