A must to buy when traveling to Iran is a hand woven carpet and Caviar.
Iran exports carpets all over the world – despite international economic sanctions.
Carpets are one of the greatest manifestations of the Persian culture and art. The Islamic Republic of Iran exports carpets to at least 70 countries in the world. Experts attribute the increasingly lucrative market for Persian carpets worldwide to its quality, color and design.
The chairman of Iran’s National Carpet Center says hand-woven Iranian carpets constitute 35 percent of the global market for the commodity.
Mohammad Baqer Aqa-Alikhani said on Saturday that the value of exported hand-woven carpets across the world reached US$1.35 billion last year, out of which the value of Iranian carpets amounted to US$427 million.
Aqa-Alikhani noted that Iran’s major rivals in the hand-woven carpet global market are India, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan and pointed out that the Islamic Republic can further boost its international market by advertising the Iranian carpet and sending commercial delegations overseas in an attempt to identify new markets.
There is an estimated population of 1.2 million carpet weavers in Iran, producing carpets for domestic and international markets.