Decline in Exports of Iranian Hand-Woven Carpets

Iran exported $176 million worth of hand-woven carpets during the first seven months of the current Iranian year (March 21-Oct. 22), which shows a 20% fall compared with the similar period of last year.

“Some 32% of our handmade carpets used to go to the US. We have now lost that market due to the reimposition of sanctions against our country,” Chairwoman of Iran National Carpet Center Fereshteh Dastpak was quoted as saying by Mehr News Agency.

The official noted that new markets need to be replaced with the US to compensate for the decline in exports.

According to Dastpak, about 80% of hand-woven carpets produced in Iran are exported annually.