China, Iran to cooperate on hand-made rug

TEHRAN, Dec. 09 (MNA) – The head of China Tibetan Carpet Association has visited Iran National Carpet Center (INCC) to facilitate introduction of Iranian exquisite hand-made carpet to China, especially to Qinghai province.

Hamid Kargar, the Head of INCC and Wang Jingping discussed  the possible cooperation on introduction of Iranian hand-made carpet, where Kargar believed that carpet could provide better grounds for cultural ties and excellent conditions for both nations to know each other better; “the craft of weaving carpets had spread all over Iran since thousands of years; no city, town, village, and nomadic people would lack the sheer diversity and the richness of natural hues, eye-catching patterns, and intricate design of the native hand-made carpet; the craft had fused with the local rituals and cultural ceremonies of different ethnic groups, and would effectively communicate cultural messages,” he added.

Kargar hailed participation of Iran in Chinlee Shining and the cultural and artistic approach to the event and Iran Day event in the exhibition a good start for cultural cooperation; “As representative of the Iran’s carpet industry, we want to see some expectations fulfilled and issues fixed, including, inter alia, the lack of coordination by Indian and Pakistani participants, the ban on the participation of  handicrafts other than carpets, the necessity of physical isolation of hand-made and machine-weaved carpet sections, proportionate number of foreign traders invited to the exhibition, proper customs exemptions, and accelerated discharge of carpets from customs when returning Iran,” he emphasized.

Chinese official for his part emphasized upon the prestige and fame of Iranian hand-made carpet and its international status, and called for improved cultural cooperation between Iran and China; he provided the meeting with a history of Tibetan carpet and a brief description of the province’s climatic, cultural, and social conditions, and also with a report of Association’s agenda and activities.

Shahrzad Aminshirazi, the head of Carpet Museum of Iran, who was participating in the meeting, introduced the museum and the capacities and capabilities of the center.

INCC and Chinese Tibetan Carpet Association signed an MoU to improve cooperation on Chinlee Shining carpet exhibition, establish an Iran-China joint carpet museum, and hold scientific and cultural conferences on carpet.

By Mehr News Agency