Int'l hand-woven carpet exhibit due
Thu, 14 Jun 2007 08:51:44
Persian hand-woven carpet, a distinguished part of Iran and culture, ranks first in the global market.
Big names of the world's hand-woven carpet industry will display their finest carpets at an international exhibition slated for July in Iran.
The Iranian northwestern city of Tabriz, one of the best-known carpet-weaving centers, will host the international event on July 12-18.
Leading handmade carpet suppliers from around the world will join their Iranian peers at the exhibit to showcase their products, IRNA reported.
The exhibition will give Iranian merchants a chance to secure a foothold in international markets and find new customers for their high quality Persian rugs.
Persian rugs are part and parcel of the Iranian art and culture. Carpet-weaving in Iran dates back to 3,500 BC.
Currently Iran ranks first in the global carpet market with a share of 41 percent.
Speaking at an international exhibition of hand-woven carpets on Kish Island in early May, Iran's Commerce Minister said Iran holds a 41-percent share of the global carpet market with export value reaching $400 million in 2006.
Massoud Mir-Kazemi said that over 2,000 active Iranian carpet shops have been identified in Europe and the US and the figure is anticipated to increase