'Iran has upper hand in global hand-woven rug market'

TEHRAN, Jul. 16 (MNA) – The head of Iran National Carpet Center (INCC) says that Iranian carpets represent Iranian rich culture, adding that other countries cannot compete with Persian carpets and hand-woven rugs.

“Countries such as China, Nepal, India and Pakistan have made a lot of efforts and investments in hand-made carpets, but Iran is still out of their reach in producing and exporting this product,” Fereshteh Dastpak said in a meeting at the Qom provincial governor office on Monday.

Meanwhile, Dastpak said that more efforts need to be done in producing and exporting this product, stressing that the government has to play a more active role in developing the industry.

She added that according to unofficial statistics, 2.5 million Iranians are making a living from producing and trading carpets, adding that the country's carpet industry plays the biggest role in employment in rural areas.

The head of the INCC further noted that the carpet industry can curb migration from rural to urban areas.

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