Tehran to host handmade carpet expo

Business Materials 20 September 2010 12:05 (UTC +04:00)

The 19th edition of Iran's handmade carpet exhibition will be held at the Tehran Permanent International Fairgrounds from September 23 to 29.

According to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, 419 domestic firms will take part in the event.

The director of Iran National Carpet Center Faisal Mardasi said that 52 tradespersons from countries such as Austria, Spain, Japan, Uruguay, Bosnia, Denmark, Canada, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, China, France and Brazil will visit the exhibition.

Some 100 tradespersons from 60 countries have been invited to the event, the Mehr News Agency reported.

Iran exported $207 million worth of handmade carpets in the first five months of the current calendar year (started March 21, 2010).

The figure shows a 49.51 percent increase in terms of value and 49.37 percent rise in terms of volume in comparison to the same period previous year.

Mardasi previously expressed hope that the value of handmade carpets exports will reach $500 million by the end of the current year.

He had said that by offering competitive prices, compared to Indian, Chinese and Pakistani carpets, and adjusting the designs and colors of the carpets to global demand Iran could increase its share in international markets.