At the end of the 19th century, after a prolonged period of dormancy, the Persian town of Tabriz experienced an artistic revival and successfully reasserted itself into the forefront of the rug-making world. Perhaps one of the most important figures in this reawakening of Tabriz as an important rug-making center was the master weaver Haji Jalili, from the nearby of Marand.
Haji Jalili is best known today for his incredible and unique approach to rug-making and his preference for distinctive color palettes and design elements. Haji Jalili is especially known for mixing lighter colors — such as pinks, golds and grays — into the design of his rugs. Pieces by Haji Jalili that feature these particular design elements are highly sought after by decorators and collectors. His silk carpets are among the most renowned ever woven, and the pieces that are considered to be the best Tabriz carpets are often attributed to his workshop.