Jul 2, 2014, 5:27 PM
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Yazd’s matchless carpets

Tehran, July 2, IRNA -- Yazd province is well known for its hand-woven carpets.

The Thursday edition of the English language newspaper Iran Daily wrote that this art, which has been passed from one generation to another, is not yet known to many across the world.

"With an antiquity of 3,000 years, Yazd carpet is woven by local women and men," said Mohammad Reza Jalili, a carpet expert of Yazd's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department.

"The carpet designs of Tabriz, Kashan and Qom are most popular worldwide, while the carpet designs of Yazd have been nearly driven into oblivion."

The expert noted that Iran can have a big share of the markets of Persian Gulf littoral states and earn huge profits by improving the raw materials used for weaving carpet.

Jalili said the department should identify marketing opportunities and problems.

"With the aim of attracting buyers, carpet weavers should create new designs and use quality raw materials, "he said.

Earlier, Hamid Kargar, the head of National Iranian Carpet Center in Yazd, said annual carpet export revenues reached $500 million.

However, the figure declined to $314 million in the last Iranian year (ended March 20, 2014).

“Iran exports carpets to over 80 countries. Hand-woven rugs, including kilim and jajim, are among major non-oil exports,” he said.

Kargar further said the US is the major customer of Iran's carpet.

Mohammad Mehdi Sadeqi, a carpet exporter, said Iran earns revenues from the luggage export of Yazd carpets.

Sadeqi hoped that Yazd carpets, which are adorned with Persian designs and natural colors, could satisfy international customers.

The art of carpet weaving has existed in Iran since olden times, according to evidence, such as the 2,500-year-old Pazyryk carpet, dating back to 500 BCE, during the Achaemenid period.