Persian & Exotic
Around 1620, Traders took long haired cats from Middle East to Europe:
A genetic study was released in 2008 revealing that the modern Persian Cat is not related to the cats that came from Iran and Turkey, but related to Western Europe cats.
Accident or Intentional?
Rumour says that accidental breeding with American Shorthair cats generated the first Exotic Cats in the USA, which its first breed name was Sterling.
Accident or not, the breedings were repeated including the Burmese and Russian Blue cats until a shorthair persian cat was fully developed.