American rug traders in Tehran in Feb.

TEHRAN, Aug. 16 (MNA) – Head of the Iranian National Carpet Center told the reporters about a delegation of Americans traveling to Iran in February.

The Head of the Iranian National Carpet Center Hamid Kargar told media today that a delegation of Americans comprised of traders, businesspeople, and hand-woven carpet researchers were scheduled to visit Iran in February.

About his efforts to resume the link between Iranian weavers and American market for Iranian carpet, Kargar added that he aims to revive the traditional Iranian industry and he anticipated a boost in exports as sanctions are set to be lifted in the months ahead.

The official added that before 2009, the United States ranked first among countries importing Iranian hand-made carpet accounting for 16.5 percent of total Iranian exported carpets, worth 82$ million.

The head of Iran’s National Carpet Center also recounted the tours programmed for the Americans to visit Tehran’s Grand Bazaar of Carpet, Carpet Museum of Iran, and residents of hand-weavers along with going through the introductory tour to get familiar with Iran’s hand-woven carpet.

Providing statistics of exporting of Iranian hand-woven carpets, Kargar said that while the business was in decline for last two years, last year’s $330 million export showed an upward trend.

He also reminded that the 24th edition of Tehran’s International Hand-woven Carpet Exhibition will be held on August 23-29; which marks a hand-woven carpet event unique in the world.

The event attracts foreign traders of the commodity from China, Japan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, India, Kuwait, the UAE, Denmark, Sweden, Croatia, Czech, Greece, Romania, Russia, Germany, Uruguay, the USA, and South Africa.

Hand-woven Persian carpets can range in cost from several thousand dollars to multi-million dollar floor coverings fit for palaces.


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