(Persia Digest) – The Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran Deputy has announced that Iran has banned the import of foreign handicrafts. The customs of Iran have also been informed of the decision.

Pouya Mahmoudian stated: “One of the concerns and challenges for the producers and exporters of handicrafts in Iran has been the import of foreign hand arts from Turkey, China, and India.”

He added: “The decision was taken following two months of intensive negotiations with the Iran Trade Promotion Organization, the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade, and Iran’s Customs Administration.”


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ahmoudian emphasized: “The Ministry of Industry has now placed handicrafts on the list of banned imports and the Customs have been officially informed.”

Persia Digest reports that Iranian handicrafts have a special place in the world as they reflect the glory of creating art and beauty that Iranian artisans have so fully grasped. Colors and compositions in traditional arts and crafts have deep philosophical, mystical, and literary concepts and meanings. Of famous Iranian hand arts, one can name the kilim, carpets, gabbeh, etchings, glassware, woodcarving, enamel, and pottery.

Even so, the import of handicrafts, and especially its widespread contraband, has inflicted damages on the producers and exporters of handicrafts in Iran. The latest decision to ban its import is expected to change the situation.

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