National Geographic : 1928 Nov
Photograph byLieut. Thomas L.Kirkpatrick SOLAR SEARCHLIGHTS PLAY ON PILES OF PERSIAN RUGS Bales of costly carpets are heaped along the center of this bazaar of Tabriz. As a supply base for early Venetian trade, Tabriz was asimportant to that city republic as is Singapore, with its tin and rubber, to the United States to-day. Yet the Poloswere among thefirst Europeans tovisit it, finding, to their chagrin, that a few Genoese had preceded them (see text, page 523). Tabriz garnered the products ofIndia and central Asia and shipped them, along with her own rugs and silks, to Aias, where the Polos entered Asia, and there theVenetian merchants swarmed toload their ships with goods from lands they had never seen.