21 August 2018 - 09:31
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Iran to gift ‘Peace and Friendship’ carpet to UN

Tehran, Aug 21, IRNA - Iran will present a handwoven carpet called ‘Peace and Friendship’ to the United Nations in coming days, said the head of Iran's National Carpet Center.

Fereshteh Dastpak made the announcement at a press conference held in Tehran days before inauguration of the 27th Iran Handmade Carpet Exhibition which is to be held at Tehran International Fairgrounds from August 25-31. More than 670 domestic and foreign carpet firms will participate in the exhibition. The carpet measures 1.5 X 1.5 meters carrying a message of peace to the world, she said. Pakdast added that the carpet will finally be presented to the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland. She added although the Iranian carpets are at the top of the US sanctions list against Iran which were re-imposed following US president's pull out from the landmark nuclear deal in May, the Iranian handwoven carpets are considered as the country's Intellectual Property and thus cannot be sanctioned. Persian carpets are internationally sought for their intricate designs and high quality, she added. In addition to displaying a range of handwoven carpets, the exhibition this year will provide an opportunity for visitors to get familiar with some of the lesser known aspects of the Persian carpet. Iran’s handwoven carpets are exported to about 80 countries. The US, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Lebanon, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Japan are the traditional buyers of Iranian carpets. However, new markets, including those in China, Russia, South Africa and Brazil, have also joined the list of customers in the recent years. 9060**1397 Follow us on Twitter @IrnaEnglish