An Iranian official says the Islamic Republic's exports of hand-woven Persian carpets to China multiplied 12 times in the Iranian calendar year of 1389 (ending March 20, 2011) compared to the previous year.

 



“While until the [Iranian calendar] year 1388 (ending March 20, 2010), the annual exports of hand-woven Persian carpets to China was USD 400 thousand in value, in the year 1389 (ending March 20, 2011) the value rose to USD 5 million,” Chairman of Iran's National Carpet Center Faisal Mardassi said, IRIB reported.

However, he pointed out that the new figure is still small considering the large Chinese market.

Chairman of Iran's National Carpet Center further said that Iran's carpet exports to China have the potential to be increased to USD 50 million.

According to official sources, Iran's overall export of carpets reached almost USD 450 million in 2010 with a weight volume of nearly 7,000 tons.

Iran exports carpets to more than 100 countries, as the country's hand-woven rugs are one of its main non-oil export products.

Experts attribute the increasingly lucrative market for Persian carpets worldwide to the quality of the rugs as well as their color and design.