0218 GMT February 19, 2020
According to Fars News Agency, Deputy Head of Iran's Carpet Center for Economic Affairs Mohammad Mehdi Farshchi said Iran exported handwoven carpets worth $290 million in 2016 but the figure rose to $359 million in 2017 showing a growth of 23 percent.
In relevant remarks in April, former minister of industry, mine and trade Mohammadreza Nematzadeh announced that Iran's export of handwoven carpets to the US had witnessed a significant increase.
The US, Germany, Lebanon, the UAE, Pakistan, Japan, Britain, Qatar, South Africa and Australia are the top ten customers of Persian carpet with the US taking the lead in imports 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 five million square meters of carpets annually of which 80 percent are sold in international markets.