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Sadly, the answer appears to be: "because the printer makers can". When you upload a paper profile to your computer, that lets you estimate the final look of the image before printing, via soft-proofing. But, on the printer settings, you often have to select a paper that's from the same brand as the printer itself. If you're using a third-party paper, you can usually find in the box documentation, or in the paper manufacturer's website, the name of the best printer-brand paper to select for your specific 3rd-party paper. For example, on a Canon printer, Hahnemühle might instruct you to select Canon Pro Luster for its Baryta Photo Rag.
You can also create a custom media type for your paper, which we will deal with in a separate question.
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