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Afghans sell $1.7m carpets at Dubai conference

Afghans sell $1.7m carpets at Dubai conference

Oct 18, 2012 - 14:04

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Carpet producers sold id="mce_marker",730,970 in total product orders at the Afghanistaninfo-icon-US Carpet Conference held in Dubai last month, the Afghan embassy in Washington said on Thursday.

The three-day conference, held from September 20 to 22, 2012, connected 20 of the best Afghan carpet-making companies with top American and European importers and retailers.

A statement from the embassy said Afghan producers billed the conference as a unique opportunity to better understand the dynamics of the carpet trade. They hoped for the growth and development of the rug industry.

“Afghan rugs showcase the highest quality of hand-woven artistry seen anywhere in the worldinfo-icon,” said Shakib Noori, commercial attaché at the embassy. “The carpet industry also provides important income for a wide range of people, especially for rural areas and womeninfo-icon.”

The embassy and the Ministry of Commerce and Industries in Kabul have been working with the Afghanistan Investment and Reconstructioninfo-icon Task Force of the US Department of Commerce on a programme called ‘Sheep to Shop,’ aiming to bring American buyers and Afghan producers together.

Rob Leahy of Fine Rugs of Charleston, one of the programme’s lead proponents, said:  “The opportunity for the carpet trade in Afghanistan comes at a time when world demand for manufactured goods, including hand knotted rugs, is rising again.”



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