ID : N-137 Date : 2017/08/19 - 12:23
(Persia digest)- Tehran will play host to the 26th Iran Handmade Carpet Exhibition – the biggest of its kind worldwide – August 23-29. The event is expected to be attended by 730 firms from across the country, Head of Iran National Carpet Centre (INCC), Hamid Kargar said.
Kargar added that the exhibition will be held in an area extending over 30,000 square meters.
“A number of foreign traders who are among the customers of handwoven Iranian carpets, particularly those form Iran’s export targets, have been invited to visit the expo.”
He put the number of foreign traders at 91, of which 38 are Iranian carpet merchants living abroad and 14 are Americans.
The INCC chief said concurrent with the exhibition, the Seventh Top Carpet Exhibition and Festival will be held in Tehran with the aim of creating new intricate carpet patterns and improving the process of carpet production.
He added the fest’s theme is “Modernization and Maintaining the Market While Focusing on Originality of Iranian Carpet.”
Kargar said rugs made by Iran’s nomads as well as antique and modern carpets will be pitted against each other in the festival, adding those judged as top works will be put on display in a hall.
“A carpet is currently being woven in Iran based on a speech by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the United Nations which will be unveiled during the expo. The carpet will be presented as a gift to one of the international institutes after its weaving is completed.”
Iran Resumes Carpet Exports to US
Following the nuclear agreement (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), Iran resumed carpet exports to the US. During 2010-2016, Iran failed to directly export any carpet to the US due to the sanctions. This was while in 2009, the US was the target of over 16 percent, more than $80 million worth, of Iran’s carpet exports. After the implementation of the JCPOA, Iran exported its first carpet collection to the US from Germany.”
He added in 2016, Iran’s overseas sales of carpet amounted to $365 million, of which $95 million were sold to the US.
“We expect that Iran’s carpet exports to the US would increase again after a six-year hiatus. This, however, requires continuous monitoring of the activities of our rivals, particularly India and Pakistan, in international carpet markets. It is also important to screen the background of our present-day customers in the market. We are also required to make optimum use of means of advertisement and establish connection with foreign traders.”
He said according to the figures released by Iran’s Customs Administration, the country’s carpet exports reached $89 million during March 21-July 22, 2017, indicating an increase of more than 3.7 percent compared to the figure for the same period of time last year.