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Iran reports 34% surge in output for handwoven carpets

Iran’s production of handwoven carpets is up by 34% year on year in late January.

Iran has seen its output of various types of handwoven carpets increase by a third year on year in late January, according to figures by a government department responsible for regulation and exports of the famed Persian handicraft.

Iran’s National Carpet Center chief Farahnaz Rafe’ said on Wednesday that total output for handwoven rugs had reached nearly 1.87 million square meters for the 10 months between March 20 and January 19, a 34%-surge against the same period in 2019-2020.

Rafe’ said exports of handwoven carpets had also increased by 16.4 percent year on year in late December, when total shipments reached 2.764 metric tons in volume terms.

The official, whose agency is a subsidiary of Iran’s ministry of trade (MIMT), said that total number of jobs in the handwoven carpet sector in Iran had exceeded two million of which around 1.2 million were occupied by permanent carpet weavers.

She said the government will spend 15 trillion rials ($60 million) in the next calendar year beginning late March to expand the coverage of social security insurances to more than 313,000 carpet weavers in the country.

The carpet industry is still a major hard-currency earner for Iran despite challenges posed by low-cost rivals in Asia and elsewhere. Exports normally reach $1 billion in value terms each year as the government struggles to increase shipments by providing more support to weavers and exporters.

Rafe’ said commercial carpets had accounted for nearly 42 percent of the handwoven rugs produced in the country in the 10 months to late January, adding that the production of full-silk carpets had also increased to reach more than 112,000 square meters in the same period.

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