Over 80% of Iranian hand-woven carpets exported

FNA – Chairman of the Board of Directors of Omid Entrepreneurship Fund Ali Rabiei said around 400 tons of hand-woven carpets are annually produced in Iran, while more than eighty percent of that amount is exported to other countries.

The Iranian official made the remark on Wednesday addressing the Hand-woven Carpet Tutorial Workshop and Carpet Industry Conference in Chabahar Port city in Southeastern Iran.

“Hand-woven carpet in Iran enjoys a satisfactory status and various walks of life including rural women as breadwinners, relief seekers of State Welfare Organization (SWO) and Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation (IKRF) are considered as chief carpet weavers,” he maintained.

Once carpet industry of the country is paid more attention, giant steps will be taken in underprivileged and disadvantaged regions of the country including villages, he opined.

He went on to say that hand-woven carpet can introduce Iran’s exquisite art to the world.

Familiarity with carpet industry, marketing and selling this product in various areas of the country have been cited as the main aim behind organizing this Conference, he said and called on all responsible officials and investors of private sector to take effects steps in line with implementation of job-generating projects in the country.

Head of Iran National Carpet Center Fereshteh Dastpak was the next speaker in this Conference who pointed to Chabahar as a suitable hub for importing carpet raw materials into the country and this center can play a leading role in materializing most economic objectives of this industry.

Iran’s non-oil exports are increasing on a yearly basis as the country has undertaken economic policies to change its main source of income which is currently heavily relied on oil and gas exports.

The economic policies proposed by the Supreme Leader codenamed as the “Policies for Resistance Economy” have even increased the momentum for change.

Iran’s Commercial Attaché to Indonesia Anvar Kamari said on October 28 that Iran has considerably increased the value of its non-oil exports to Indonesia in the first half of the current Iranian year of 1397 (March 21-September 22).

“Iran exported non-oil goods worth $328 million during the said period showing a 42 percent rise as compared with the previous year’s corresponding period,” he added.

A report by Iran’s Customs Administration (ICA) showed in late July that Iran’s non-oil exports increased by over 14 percent in the first four months of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2018-July 22, 2018).

“Iran’s non-oil trade with other countries registered a $271 million positive balance and non-oil exports also increased 14.69 percent,” the customs report said.

Iran exported $15.45 billion of non-oil products during the said period with 14.69 percent rise from $13.471 billion of last year’s corresponding period.

Major export items included gas condensates valued at 1.86 billion dollars, liquefied propane worth 691 million dollars, and low-density oils and their byproducts except for gasoline valued at 555 million dollars.

Among the exports, polyethylene film grade valued at 411 million dollars, and methanol worth 470 million dollars.

China, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Iraq, Afghanistan and South Korea were the main export markets of Iranian non-oil goods during the four-month period.