Thursday, September 25, 2008

85% of Bushehr Kilims Exported

85% of Bushehr Kilims Exported

Bushehr province annually produces about 3,500 square meters of kilims, a provincial official said.
Ahmad Dahar, deputy head of Bushehr Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department for handicrafts and traditional arts, also told CHN that kilim (a hand-woven rug) ranks second to gabbeh (a triple hand-knotted carpet/floor mat) in the province in terms of export.
Referring to the fact that more than 85 percent of Bushehr’s kilim are exported, Dahar said European countries, particularly Germany, are the main buyers of Bushehr’s kilim.
“Low production of Bushehr’s kilim is attributed to several parameters, including the scatteredness of the villages where kilim is produced and the high cost of equipment needed for its production,“ he said.
Dahar stated that Bushehr’s kilim is of premium quality.
“Nearly 120,000 square meters of gabbeh are produced annually in the province,“ he said.
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