Iranian Hand-woven Carpet Exhibition 2014 opens in Tehran

The 23rd edition of Iranian Hand-woven Carpet Exhibition has been mounted during an opening ceremony held in the capital city of Tehran, Press TV has reported.

Iran’s First Vice President, Es’haq Jahangiri and the minister of Industry, Mine, and Trade, Mohammad Reza Nemati were among the officials who participated in the opening gala.

A large number of domestic and foreign producers and visitors also flocked to the event.

“Iranian carpet with all its grace is sanctioned for 4 years and it’s a great loss for both Iranian market and also the people of United States,” said Jahangiri during his speech.

Carpet traders were also concerned about the absence of an open and active market of carpet industry.

The exhibition is hosting a variety of exquisite Persian carpets including hand-woven and tableau carpets as well as nomadic rugs.

Carpet-weaving is one of the most distinguished manifestations of Persian culture and art, which dates back to ancient Persia.

Persian carpets often feature geometric patterns which are a reflection of Islamic influences, although many Persian rugs depict natural scenes of animal and plant wildlife.

There is an estimated population of 1.2 million weavers in Iran, producing carpets for domestic markets and international export.

Iran exports carpets to at least 70 countries in the world. Experts attribute the increasingly lucrative market for Persian carpets worldwide to its quality, color and design.

The United Arab Emirates and Germany are the main destinations for the Persian carpet, followed by Japan, Lebanon, and Qatar.

The 23rd Iranian Hand-woven Carpet Exhibition which kicked off on August 23 will run until August 29.

By Press TV


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