|Iran sets target of $400m in handmade carpet exports||
TEHRAN – Iran has set a target of $400 million in handmade carpet exports for the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 21, according to Hamid Karegar, the acting director of Iran's National Carpet Center.
Iran exported about 1,000 tons of hand-made carpets in spring 2014, a 23.7 percent growth in weight compared to spring 2013, the IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.
The exports amounted to $57.4 million in value in spring 2014, which corresponds to the first quarter of the current Iranian calendar year.
Hamid Karegar, the acting director of Iran's National Carpet Center, said Iran exported about $314 million worth of handmade carpets in the previous Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, 2014.
Iran’s carpet exports declined in recent years, mainly due to the Western sanctions imposed against the country over its nuclear program, he added.
In February, the former director of Iran’s National Carpet Center said that the sanctions against the export of Iranian carpet may be lifted in the second half of 2014.
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