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Iran's carpet exports down 26.35% in last calendar year
Apr '14
The exports of hand-woven carpets from Iran have dropped by 26.35 percent year-on-year to US$ 314.8 million in the last Iranian calendar year that ended on March 20, 2014, according to the latest report from the Iranian Customs Administration, reports FARS News Agency.
In terms of value, hand-woven carpet exports accounted for about one percent of Iran’s total non-oil exports during the year, and were ranked 21 in the list of all non-oil exports from Iran.
During the year, Iran’s hand-woven carpets were exported to nearly 80 countries. Major importers of Iranian carpets during the period were Germany, the UAE, Japan, Lebanon, Italy, the UK, Pakistan, Qatar, Switzerland and Sweden.
The US also imported $51,000 worth of Iranian hand-made carpets during the period.
In calendar year 2012-13, Iran’s hand-woven carpet exports earned $427 million, while they earned $560 million in 2011-12.
Identified as one of the most illustrious expressions of the Persian culture, Persian carpets are known for their intricate design and skilful making.
Over 1.2 million weavers in Iran engage in carpet weaving and produce around five million square meters of carpets each year, 80 percent of which are exported. 

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