Zahedan, March 11, IRNA - Deputy Commerce Minister Morteza Faraji said on Tuesday that there are 2 million people engaged in producing hand-woven carpets in Iran.
Faraji who is also the chief of Iran's National Carpet Center told IRNA that five million square meters of hand-woven carpets are produced in the country annually.
Moreover, the hand-woven carpets valued at dlrs 450 million have been exported last year and the figure is predicted to be the same during the current year, Faraji said.
He added that a maximum loan of one billion rials would be granted to carpet producers to expand carpet industry.
Holding provincial carpet fairs, producing movies about Persian carpets and showing advertisements on foreign TV channels are among the important measures taken so far by Iran's National Carpet Center to introduce Iranian hand-woven carpets and encourage foreign countries to buy them, Faraji said.
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