A committee based at customs centers which mainly handle export of Iranian carpets has been appointed to control the raw materials and texture used in weaving carpets, it was announced in Tehran on Saturday, IRNA reported.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Iran`s 12th Export Carpet Exhibition which opened in Tehran's Permanent International Fairgrounds on Saturday, Minister of Commerce Mohammad Shariatmadari said that exporters are required to guarantee the use of artificial fibers and knotless weaving in declarations which are due to be presented from March 21.
"To solve the problems facing export of hand-woven carpets, reasonable solutions have been approved by planners, economists and officials in charge of export," he added.
Turning to contribution of hand-woven carpet industry in creating jobs and earning hard currency revenue, he noted that there has been a major drop in its export trend and value in the past three decades.
He put the hand-woven carpet and handicrafts exported in the past Iranian year (ended March 20) at dlrs 815 million, which accounted for 11.4 percent of the total exported goods.
"In the first quarter of the current Iranian year, 11,900 tons of hand-woven carpets and handicrafts worth dlrs 152.9 million were exported which overweigh and overvalue the figures for the same period last year by 11.1 percent and 16.2 percent respectively.
"The value of the carpets exported over the same period amounted to dlrs 137.4 million, which showed a 2.8 percent drop. The figure was equivalent of 8.6 percent of the total value of non-oil products exported in the period," he added.
Some 258 Iranian carpet exporters and producers have showcased their products on an area of 21,000 square meters.
The one-week exhibition aims at promoting Iranian carpet among Iranian expatriate customers and Iran`s tourist attractions.
Aref calls for upgrading Iranian carpet quality
First Vice President Mohammadreza Aref blamed new rival carpet producers, certain restrictions in carpet trade and also domestic producers' neglect of quality for a sluggish market for Iran`s famous floor coverings in the world, IRNA reported from Tehran.
Speaking in the opening ceremony of the 12th Special Export Iranian Handwoven Carpets Exhibition which kicked off Saturday morning, Aref said presently Iran`s share of international carpet market is limited to 30 percent which is not a satisfactory figure given the long history of the industry in the country.
He further remarked that carpet industry was of great importance to the national economy since it makes up 12 percent of Iran`s non-oil exports, a figure which he believes can be higher due to the country`s potential in this field.
Aref regretted that some foreign companies introduced their own products under the name of Iranian handwoven carpet, and asked the ministry of commerce to take measures to safeguard rights of real producers of Iranian carpets.
258 Iranian companies which produce and export valuable carpets have put on display their products in the week-long event, set up on an area of 21,000 square meters.
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