Iran Ups Carpet Exports to China

Business Materials 10 August 2011 16:44 (UTC +04:00)

Iran has upped exports of hand-woven carpets to China to a remarkable degree in the last few years, an official announced on Wednesday, FNA reported.

"Exports of Iran's hand-woven carpets to China have grown 12 to 15 times in recent years," Islamic Republic of Iran's Commercial Attaché in Beijing Massoud Kamali said.

"The Chinese market enjoys the potential to import products, including handicrafts, jewelries and high quality food, from Iran," Kamali added.

Iran has increased exports of its hand-woven carpets to the other world markets as well.

An Iranian official announced earlier this week that the country exported $90.8mln worth of hand-woven carpets in the first three months of the current Iranian year (March 21 to June 21) and boosted exports of its valuable handicraft to the world markets.

The Commercial Deputy for the Islamic Republic of Iran's National Carpet Center Ali Malekjou said a sum of $90.8 million worth of Persian Carpets were exported abroad during the first quarter of this Iranian year.

Iran is the leading exporter of hand-woven carpets in the world. Persian rugs are highly sought out for their intricate design and skilled craftsmanship, and that's why Iran exports carpets to more than 100 countries in the world.

Carpet-weaving is undoubtedly one of the most distinguished manifestations of the Persian culture and art and dates back to ancient Persia.

There is an estimated population of 1.2 million weavers in Iran producing carpets for domestic markets and international export.

The country produces about five million square meters of carpets annually, of which 80 percent are sold in international markets.