Iran National Carpet Center representatives attended Pakistan Hand knotted Carpet Exhibition which was held in Karachi last week.
Engineer Mahdi Kateb( Coordination and Supervision on Production Manager) and Engineer Seyyed Mohammad Veysian( The Director for Raw Materials and Dyeing Research of Research and Training Management) and closely probed the exhibition.
Pakistan Hand knotted Carpets Exhibition 2007 was held in a surface about 3000m2 with nearly 50 stalls at the hall no.6 of Karachi Expo Center.
This exhibition was inaugurated on behalf of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry with participation of Pakistani manufacturers and carpet importers to other countries. "The exports of Pakistani carpets have remained stagnant for many years and are swaying around $230-250 million. This is due to the fact that only traditional markets have been tapped while there is a need to bring about a paradigm shift in the marketing, manufacturing and presentation of hand-knotted carpets from Pakistan." Said the president of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The KCCI chief, Majyd Aziz, further added that carpet exports are less than 1.5 percent of the total exports of Pakistan, even though this industry provides livelihood to whole families rather than just individuals. He also called for setting up a state-of-the-art equipped carpet city to cater to large orders.
It is noteworthy that Pakistan makes an effort to appear as a strong rival of Persian Handmade Carpets by boosting the quality of its carpets and making a variety of designs resembling the quality and variety of Persian carpets.