(Persia Digest) - The head of Iran National Carpet Center (INCC) considers the US move to put Iranian hand-woven carpet on its sanctions list a violation of international protocols, and says it will file a lawsuit with international tribunals against the US president.

"Hand-woven Iranian carpet belongs to the Iranian nation, and the US President has wrongly sanctioned the art-industry, which is a symbol of culture and intellectual property of the Iranian people." Fereshteh Dastpak said.

"According to international protocols, what belongs to a nation could not be sanctioned. Therefore, we hope that we can remove hand-woven Iranian carpets from the US sanctions list through the international protocols and conventions of which the center is a member." Dastpak added.

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As per Persia Digest’s report, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Treasury Department revoked the license for the imports of pistachios and caviar on 27 June.

Latest statistics released by the Iran Customs Administration show that hand-woven carpets worth $424 million were exported last year, registering an increase of 18 percent in value compared to the previous year.

Iran exports its hand-woven carpets to 80 world countries, and the US enjoying about 30% of import of this Iranian product is among the main targets of carpet market. Iran exported hand-woven carpets to US worth 90 million dollars during March 2016 to March 2017.

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