Ziegler Rugs of Arak -
In 1883, Ziegler and Co., of Manchester, England,
established a Persian carpet manufacture in Sultanabad (now Arak), Iran, employing designers from
major Western department stores, like B. Altman and Liberty of London, to modify fanciful 16th- and
17th-century Eastern designs for the more restrained Western taste. Using highly developed dying
techniques (which Ziegler futilely attempted to copyright) and the best artisans from the region, Ziegler
created rugs with bold, allover patterns and with softer palettes than their vibrant Persian counterparts.
Ziegler rugs developed an almost immediate following, especially among newly monied Western
industrialists; early collectors included the Guinness family, the owners of the stout-beer manufacture,
who laid them in Elveden Hall, their Suffolk, England, estate.
Ethylene oxide/ethylene glycol plant, Arak, Iran
- Designed and constructed by PREUSSAG NOELL