Tehran to host international carpet expo
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug.5/ Trend F.Milad/
The 21st edition of Iran handmade carpet exhibition will be held September 23-29 at the Tehran Permanent International Fairgrounds.
Some 60 countries have been invited to attend the exhibition, the Mehr News Agency reported.
Iran exported over $560 million worth of handmade carpets to 80 countries in last calendar year, which ended on March 19.
According to the Customs Administration data, carpet exports last year rose by 0.8 percent in value, but decreased by 15.4 percent in weight, compared to the year before.
Iran has developed plans to export as much as $1 billion worth of carpets in the current calendar year, said the head of the National Carpet Center on April 7.
"Carpets are of great importance in non-oil exports of the Islamic Republic," Baqer Aqa-Alikhani said, adding that boosting carpet exports to UAE and China has been highlighted, the Mehr News Agency reported.