Iran exported $290 million hand-woven carpet in 2016, he said, adding the figure rose to $359 million in 2016, rising by 3 percent in terms of weight and and 23 percent in terms of value.
The official later added that the traditional product of Iran had a great international reputation asserting "Iranian art has been introduced to many countries through hand-woven carpets. Compared to other industries, production of carpet brings about a high level of value added while it requires less capital.”
At another part of his remarks, Farshchi enumerated marketing strategies pursued by Iran’s Carpet Center including finding place in new foreign markets, facilitating exchange of market information in the value chain of hand-woven carpets, developing trademark of Persian carpets, strengthening and developing domestic market demand, maintaining and developing existing foreign markets and promoting distinctive features of artistic, cultural and historical features of Persian carpets.
In April, ex-Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh announced that Iran's export of handwoven carpets to the US has increased considerably in the last Iranian year (ended March 20, 2017).
The US, Germany, Lebanon, the UAE, Pakistan, Japan, Britain, Qatar, South Africa and Australia were the top ten costumers of Persian carpet last year with the US taking the lead in imports of the product from Iran.
Carpet-weaving is undoubtedly one of the most distinguished manifestations of the Persian culture and art, and dates back to ancient Persia.
There is an estimated population of 1.2 million weavers in Iran producing carpets for domestic markets and international export.
The country produces about 5 million square meters of carpets annually of which 80 percent are sold in international markets.